Alligator House : Affordable Abode in New Orleans
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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.” ”


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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7 comments

  • Jeff Richardson May 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM Login to Reply →

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

  • Stoic May 13, 2010 at 13:39 PM Login to Reply →

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

  • Alison Spatari May 13, 2010 at 14:03 PM Login to Reply →

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

  • Scott Braddam May 13, 2010 at 18:58 PM Login to Reply →

    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.

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  • chad May 16, 2010 at 00:26 AM Login to Reply →

    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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