Architectural Record - Eight Inc.

Architectural Record.
Changing a city.

Introduction

29th August 2005. The day Katrina struck New Orleans.

Its effects were devastating: neighborhoods wiped out, communities destroyed, $81 billion of damage to properties. In its wake, the city needed rebuilding. High Density for the High Ground was created as part of a competition to reassess, re-envision and redesign the housing needs of this shattered city.

Katrina Design Competition

Our solution, the winning entry in the competition, was a sustainable, high-density 160-unit housing community on a high-ground site by the Mississippi River.

The 12-story building was designed with a textural complexity consistent with the “placed” quality of the residential building in the Bywater neighborhood and throughout New Orleans.

It was featured in the American Pavilion at the 10th International Venice Architectural Biennale, and was part of a traveling exhibit sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.