The Dorgenois Residence is a compact 1,400 s.f. home that can operate as a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath or two smaller units to afford flexibility over the long term use of the structure. The site itself presented the challenge of developing a scheme for a substandard New Orleans lot (30' wide x 60' deep) that creates high-quality interior and exterior spaces while meeting the programmatic demands of the housing market at large. To create a generous exterior space, a concrete porch cuts through the entire house to connect the streetscape, side porch, and backyard - while the second floor of the house floats above. The 1st and 2nd floor spaces are connected through a double height kitchen area that overlooks the tree lined streetfront. Views and living space are positioned to take advantage of the canopy of live oaks along street. Designed and built by Colectivo, a New Orleans architecture firm.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, and Side Yard. Entrance, porch, and compact Dorgenois Residence as seen from the sidewalk Photo  of DorgenoisView Photos

Entrance, porch, and compact Dorgenois Residence as seen from the sidewalk

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Trees, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. In a historic and flood prone city the Dorgenois residence is raised with most program on the second floor. The architects designed this home for themselves using it as a chance to experiment with Corten cladding and perforated screen, materials less common in this climate.  Photo 2 of DorgenoisView Photos

In a historic and flood prone city the Dorgenois residence is raised with most program on the second floor. The architects designed this home for themselves using it as a chance to experiment with Corten cladding and perforated screen, materials less common in this climate.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Dark Hardwood Floor, White Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Wall Oven, Refrigerator, and Drop In Sink. The double height interior space overlooks the kitchen. A large custom operable assembly of windows frames views to the Oak lined street.  Photo 3 of DorgenoisView Photos

The double height interior space overlooks the kitchen. A large custom operable assembly of windows frames views to the Oak lined street.

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Second floor living spaces Photo 4 of DorgenoisView Photos

Second floor living spaces

Modern home with Bath Room, Vessel Sink, Wood Counter, Drop In Tub, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Wall Lighting. Bathrooms include cement tile by Cle, and salvaged tubs from a local building material re-sale store.  Photo 5 of DorgenoisView Photos

Bathrooms include cement tile by Cle, and salvaged tubs from a local building material re-sale store.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. In addition to the generous side porch, the home includes a more intimate upstairs porch perched in the tree canopy.  Photo 6 of DorgenoisView Photos

In addition to the generous side porch, the home includes a more intimate upstairs porch perched in the tree canopy.

Modern home with Storage Room and Under Stairs Storage Type. The architects, owners of a New Orleans design build firm, fabricated a pivoting stair to allow access to under stair storage. Painting by Tiffany Lin. Photo 7 of DorgenoisView Photos

The architects, owners of a New Orleans design build firm, fabricated a pivoting stair to allow access to under stair storage. Painting by Tiffany Lin.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, White Cabinet, Dark Hardwood Floor, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Wall Lighting, Drop In Sink, and Dishwasher. The light-filled kitchen space. Cle tiles are used as backsplash, Ikea cabinets and Walnut butcher-block countertops make the working surfaces of the space.  Photo 8 of DorgenoisView Photos

The light-filled kitchen space. Cle tiles are used as backsplash, Ikea cabinets and Walnut butcher-block countertops make the working surfaces of the space.

Section through the double height space Photo 9 of Dorgenois modern homeView Photos

Section through the double height space

Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, and Metal Patio, Porch, Deck. Perforated corrugated Corten cladding is used on the side porch providing protection but allowing for views out Photo 10 of DorgenoisView Photos

Perforated corrugated Corten cladding is used on the side porch providing protection but allowing for views out

Massing strategy diagrams Photo 11 of Dorgenois modern homeView Photos

Massing strategy diagrams

Plan of residence Photo 12 of Dorgenois modern homeView Photos

Plan of residence

Credits

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Architect
  • Colectivo
  • Seth Welty
Builder
  • Seth Welty
  • Drew Ryan
Photographer
  • Michael Wong

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1400
  • Lot Size
  • 30'x60'