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Alligator House : Affordable Abode in New Orleans

The spectacular “Alligator House” comes from buildingstudio, a team with an impressive portfolio from LA. Its design really stands out, as the facade resembles the shape of an alligator head. The place was built in order to help some of the Katrina refugees. Here is a specialized description from the architects: “This 13-ft. wide home is based on a common typology in the New Orleans area: the “Single”, meaning a one-family shotgun residence designed to fit the long narrow lots typical in the City. Metal grate steps stretch across the front of the house for casual sitting while visiting with neighbors.” ”

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The street-facade is clad in translucent white insulated plastic panels which are backlit to provide indirect lighting both for the exterior and interior living area. The second bedroom has a rolling wall along the hallway to open it up when privacy is not a concern. While considered low-cost, the budget still allows for engineered hardwood flooring and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Exterior walls and roof are clad in factory-painted, preformed metal siding for ease of maintenance”. Don’t you find it inspiring to see a social project done well?

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5 responses to “Alligator House : Affordable Abode in New Orleans” - Add yours!

  1. May 13, 2010

    WOW , what an amazingly original design. How creative!!

  2. Stoic said:
    May 13, 2010

    Kinda makes you wish for another hurricane. (I said kinda.)

  3. Alison Spatari said:
    May 13, 2010

    This is stunning! Would love to know what “affordable” means, though…how much??

  4. May 13, 2010

    It’s a nice modern design, but maybe a little out of place in a southern-charm town like New Orleans. The lighting is great but I don’t know how you would stay asleep in the bedroom with so much natural light coming in.

  5. chad said:
    May 16, 2010

    I totally agree with you scott…. great design and I could see some of these throughout new orleans between the typical shotgun homes… but not a whole neighborhood filled with these… it just wouldnt be new orleans…

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