New Orleans, LA

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January 18, 2009
Originally published in American Modern
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  Bild Design introduced the new structure seamlessly with the help of builders A.J. Christiana Construction. Ms. Doris, whose tarp-clad house to the left lost much of its roof when Hurricane Katrina struck, checks out her new neighbor.
    Bild Design introduced the new structure seamlessly with the help of builders A.J. Christiana Construction. Ms. Doris, whose tarp-clad house to the left lost much of its roof when Hurricane Katrina struck, checks out her new neighbor.
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  Julie Charvat of Bild Design exits the Lowerline House. Raised three feet off the ground—rather than slab on grade—the house is well equipped to battle any incoming flood waters.
    Julie Charvat of Bild Design exits the Lowerline House. Raised three feet off the ground—rather than slab on grade—the house is well equipped to battle any incoming flood waters.
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  The dining area of the two-bedroom unit, which occupies the top two loors of the structure.
    The dining area of the two-bedroom unit, which occupies the top two loors of the structure.
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  The ground-floor studio is fully equipped with IKEA everything.
    The ground-floor studio is fully equipped with IKEA everything.
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  Jeremy Claud ascends to his bed, which is on a raised platform that hovers over a staircase.
    Jeremy Claud ascends to his bed, which is on a raised platform that hovers over a staircase.
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  The bed is perched above the staircase leading from the second-story living area to 
the third-story sleeping area.
    The bed is perched above the staircase leading from the second-story living area to the third-story sleeping area.
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  Julie Charvat (with Byron Mouton) says, “Byron wanted us to move here ourselves for the views, but I said, ‘We just moved a few years ago so forget it.’”
    Julie Charvat (with Byron Mouton) says, “Byron wanted us to move here ourselves for the views, but I said, ‘We just moved a few years ago so forget it.’”
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  Though the Lowerline House may appear radically different, it deliberately mimics the neighboring shotgun camel-backs. The form is derived from a time when city taxes were based on the height of a building at the street front. To get more space but not get taxed, houses were built up on the rear of the property, problem solved.
    Though the Lowerline House may appear radically different, it deliberately mimics the neighboring shotgun camel-backs. The form is derived from a time when city taxes were based on the height of a building at the street front. To get more space but not get taxed, houses were built up on the rear of the property, problem solved.
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  Ms. Doris offers Jeremy Claud some neighborly advice.
    Ms. Doris offers Jeremy Claud some neighborly advice.
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  Resident Tony Vanky gets the second-story deck prepared for guests. The grittiness of the Black Pearl neighborhood is plainly visible.
    Resident Tony Vanky gets the second-story deck prepared for guests. The grittiness of the Black Pearl neighborhood is plainly visible.
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  When Bild began work on the Lowerline House, a beautiful green baseball field sat across the street. Within two weeks after Katrina struck, the baseball field was transformed into a FEMA trailer neighborhood housing many displaced Tulane workers. “I think it is really prophetic,” Mouton says. “As soon as we put up this steel-clad thing, all these other steel-clad things migrated here too.”
    When Bild began work on the Lowerline House, a beautiful green baseball field sat across the street. Within two weeks after Katrina struck, the baseball field was transformed into a FEMA trailer neighborhood housing many displaced Tulane workers. “I think it is really prophetic,” Mouton says. “As soon as we put up this steel-clad thing, all these other steel-clad things migrated here too.”
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