Flow HouseNew Orleans, Louisiana
ClientMake It Right Foundation
The Flow House reflects the Make It Right Foundation’s vision for safe, healthy and high design quality homes—inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking—that preserve the community spirit of the Lower 9th Ward. The design celebrates the movement of light, shade, air, and water as a means of connecting a family with their community and the natural world.
Referencing vernacular typologies, Flow House responds to the gulf coast’s hot, humid climate by providing cool shaded spaces and promoting passive ventilation. The living room fully extends from the ‘dogtrot’ to the front porch. The design provides views up and down the street to promote a more secure and connected community.
Flow House is designed to maintain materials in biological and technical metabolisms, a goal that informs everything from the selection of products to disassembly strategies at both the building and product level. The material palette is comprised of Cradle to CradleCM Certified products and materials that embody Cradle to Cradle principles.
ProgramPrototype residential duplex
Area1,900 square feet
William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect
John C. Williams Architects, Architect of Record
"Learning from New Orleans" from Metropolis Magazine Febraury 2011
"Rebuilding New Orleans- The Green Way" from Oprah Magazine September 2010
"Houses of the Future" from Atlantic November 2009
"Brad Pitt Receives Award From USGBC for Making it Right" from Inhabitat September 2009
"Brad Pitt's "Make it Right" Unveils New Designs" from Architectural Record July 2009
"Duplex designs added into the mix for New Orleans Regeneration" from World Architecture News July 2009
"William McDonough + Partners' Flow House in New Orleans" from Inhabitat July 2009
"William McDonough + Partners complete the Cradle to Cradle Flow House" from Green Packs July 16, 2009
"Pitt Unveils Sustainable Designs for New Orleans" from Architectural Record December 2007
"Firms Embrance the Emerging Role of the Sustainability Guru" from Architectural Record November 2007
"Brad Pitt's Make it Right presents duplex homes for NOLA" from Archdaily July 1, 2007