SHOTGUN [REMIX]

LOCATION: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

PROGRAM: Private residence

CLIENT(S): Competition

SIZE: 1400 SF

BUDGET: $180K

STATUS: Complete

PROJECT TEAM: GOAT (Architecture)

 
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The Shotgun [Remix] proposal was developed for the AIA’s Designing Recovery competition and sought to continue the modern evolution of residential architecture in post-Katrina New Orleans while also giving locals a formally familiar but modern option. By relating to the scale, rhythm and texture of the traditional local neighborhood, the Shotgun [Remix] feels like a New Orleans home. By incorporating modern materials and construction methods, vaulting interior spaces, adjusting the historical shotgun layout, and adding some contemporary fair, it functions like a piece of modern architecture.

The Shotgun [Remix] proposal won the 2013 Design Recovery Competition and the award was the initial impetus for launching GOAT full-time. The design also went on to be featured in Architect magazine, was shared widely on sites like ArchDaily, and later acted as the starting point for the design of the St. Roch houses that were later built with St. Bernard Project (now SBP).

 
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“In New Orleans it is common for a home to stay in a family for generations”

 

Since 2007 Make it Right and its contributing architects have been working with the local New Orleans architectural vernacular and molding it to fit modern lifestyles and contemporary green goals. The Shotgun[Remix] proposal seeks to continue this evolution and give locals a formally familiar but modern option that would not look out of place with MIR's other homes in the Lower 9th Ward or on an infill lot in the Bywater, Irish Channel, Central City or Hollygrove. By relating to the scale, rhythm and texture of the traditional local neighborhood, the Shotgun [Remix] feels like a New Orleans home. By incorporating modern materials and construction methods, vaulting interior spaces, adjusting the historical shotgun layout, and adding some contemporary flair, it functions like a Make it Right home.

In New Orleans it is common for a home to stay in a family for generations. The Shotgun [Remix]’s strategy for affordability is based around durable, redundant construction with resilient materials for a structure that will endure for generations through the storms, flooding, extreme heat and humidity, termite swarms, and other environmental threats common to Southeast Louisiana. While up-front savings can be gained with the careful selection of off-the-shelf replaceables like appliances, fixtures, casework, etc. and operational savings will be realized through the proposal’s green strategies, the most significant value gained by the homeowner will be in the Shotgun [Remix]’s classic, comfortable design and generation spanning quality.