NOLA Design Competition

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By Miyoko Ohtake
Living locally is a trend that has captured not only foodies but designers, too. This past weekend, I headed down to the Big Easy as a guest judge for the Billes Architecture Home Design Competition, which challenged architecture students to create home designs specific to post-Katrina New Orleans.

Students from 16 American schools and five Canadian schools were invited to participate and create a design that fit the following requirements:

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 1 of 20 - Adaptive Living (exterior) by Diandra Maseli and Elisa Costa of McGill University

Adaptive Living (exterior) by Diandra Maseli and Elisa Costa of McGill University

  • One or two habitable floors raised to accommodate the Advisory Base Flood Elevation
  • Three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms
  • An interior living space of 1,500 to 2,000 square feet
  • A carport or garage
  • Suitable for sites 30-to-50-feet wide and 100-to-150-feet deep
  • Designed to fit one of four neighborhoods (Uptown, Downtown, Gentilly/Lakeview, or New Orleans East)
  • Eligible for gold or platinum LEED certification
  • Target construction cost of $150,00 to $225,000
NOLA Design Competition - Photo 2 of 20 - Adaptive Living (interior) by Diandra Maseli and Elisa Costa of McGill University

Adaptive Living (interior) by Diandra Maseli and Elisa Costa of McGill University

At the event, the five winners were awarded $1,000 cash prizes, and all of the ten finalist designs are being considered for construction as part of Billes Architecture’s recently launched nonprofit organization New Designs New Orleans.

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 3 of 20 - Breezeway (exterior) by Jessica Dan and Hamza Alhbian of McGill University, Winning Design

Breezeway (exterior) by Jessica Dan and Hamza Alhbian of McGill University, Winning Design

To see the ten finalist designs, click the "Slideshow" button at the top right corner of this post.

Images courtesy of Billes Architecture
 

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 4 of 20 - Breezeway (interior) by Jessica Dan and Hamza Alhbian of McGill University, Winning Design

Breezeway (interior) by Jessica Dan and Hamza Alhbian of McGill University, Winning Design

 

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 5 of 20 - The Excursion (exterior) by Michael Benkert of University of Cincinnati, Winning Design

The Excursion (exterior) by Michael Benkert of University of Cincinnati, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 6 of 20 - The Excursion (interior) by Michael Benkert of University of Cincinnati, Winning Design

The Excursion (interior) by Michael Benkert of University of Cincinnati, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 7 of 20 - Forever Green (exterior) by David Dworkind and Andrew Hruby of McGill University, Winning Design

Forever Green (exterior) by David Dworkind and Andrew Hruby of McGill University, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 8 of 20 - Forever Green (interior) by David Dworkind and Andrew Hruby of McGill University, Winning Design

Forever Green (interior) by David Dworkind and Andrew Hruby of McGill University, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 9 of 20 - The InOut House (exterior) by Scott Burroughs of Tulane University

The InOut House (exterior) by Scott Burroughs of Tulane University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 10 of 20 - The InOut House (interior) by Scott Burroughs of Tulane University

The InOut House (interior) by Scott Burroughs of Tulane University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 11 of 20 - The Kitchen Blender (exterior) by Claudia Barra de Vincenzo and Tracy Sun of McGill University

The Kitchen Blender (exterior) by Claudia Barra de Vincenzo and Tracy Sun of McGill University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 12 of 20 - The Kitchen Blender (interior) by Claudia Barra de Vincenzo and Tracy Sun of McGill University

The Kitchen Blender (interior) by Claudia Barra de Vincenzo and Tracy Sun of McGill University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 13 of 20 - The Lakeview House (exterior) by Thomas Colosino and David Lachin of Louisiana State University, Winning Design

The Lakeview House (exterior) by Thomas Colosino and David Lachin of Louisiana State University, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 14 of 20 - The Lakeview House (interior) by Thomas Colosino and David Lachin of Louisiana State University, Winning Design

The Lakeview House (interior) by Thomas Colosino and David Lachin of Louisiana State University, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 15 of 20 - The New Datum for a Topography Under Water (exterior) by Justin Boulanger and Ann Rodgers of McGill University, Winning Design

The New Datum for a Topography Under Water (exterior) by Justin Boulanger and Ann Rodgers of McGill University, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 16 of 20 - The New Datum for a Topography Under Water (roof deck) by Justin Boulanger and Ann Rodgers of McGill University, Winning Design

The New Datum for a Topography Under Water (roof deck) by Justin Boulanger and Ann Rodgers of McGill University, Winning Design

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 17 of 20 - The Pin House (elevation) by Erin Towsley and Valérie Lechéne of McGill University

The Pin House (elevation) by Erin Towsley and Valérie Lechéne of McGill University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 18 of 20 - The Pin House (interior) by Erin Towsley and Valérie Lechéne of McGill University

The Pin House (interior) by Erin Towsley and Valérie Lechéne of McGill University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 19 of 20 - Wood Frame House (exterior) by Lilia Koleva and Philippe Larocque of McGill University

Wood Frame House (exterior) by Lilia Koleva and Philippe Larocque of McGill University

NOLA Design Competition - Photo 20 of 20 - Wood Frame House (interior) by Lilia Koleva and Philippe Larocque of McGill University

Wood Frame House (interior) by Lilia Koleva and Philippe Larocque of McGill University

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