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Gehry Completes First Home for Brad Pitt's Foundation

Gehry's "teacup rose" home blooms from devastation in New Orlean's Lower 9th Ward.
 Frank Gehry Debuts New Home Designed For The Initiative

“Make It Right” founded by Brad Pitt to build sustainable homes, completed the organization’s first home by renowned architect Frank Gehry in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Unveiled last week, the home is one of only 22 Gehry residences in the United States and the only Gehry home in Louisiana.

 “I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included,” Gehry said in the press release on July 13. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”

The 1,780 square foot home features: front-to-back duplex organization allowing for maximum privacy between the homes, better flow of the interior spaces and a well-proportioned yard for each house; a waterproof solar canopy on the 510 square foot roof terrace and six additional canopied porches; open interior and exterior staircases; and oversized windows in the bedrooms.



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 The front house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms; the rear home has one bedroom and one bathroom. Bathrooms on both levels are stacked, staircases are stacked and the great room concept for living, dining and kitchen were included in the design for construction efficiency.


All Make It Right's homes are built to LEED Platinum certification standards.

“Make It Right is so grateful to Frank and the team at Gehry Partners for designing this beautiful home,” Tom Darden, Make It Right’s executive director said. “Frank’s work proves that beautiful, elegant, ground-breaking designs can go hand-in-hand with the practical needs and culture of a community.”


Make It Right’s Frank Gehry Home sustainability features include:

  • Solar - Lumos LSX frameless solar modules produce clean energy from the sun and double as a waterproof canopy to provide shade on the two rooftop terraces.
  • Metal Roofs - 26 gauge metal roofs used on the lower porches absorb less heat, reduce the need to cool a home by at least 20 percent and require minimal maintenance.
  • Siding - NICHIHA fiber cement board siding is designed to last 50 years and withstand cracks, rot, hail damage and termites.
  • Framing lumber - ECOBLU wood, used in framing the home, is treated to resist moisture, mold, fungus, wood rot and wood-ingesting insects, including Formosan termites.
  • Paint - Benjamin Moore’s Natura and Aura paints have zero VOCs and help create better air quality by eliminating off-gassing. The exterior paint colors are Teacup Rose and Lily Lilac with Brilliant White trim. The interior colors of front home are Berber White, Manor Blue, Glowing Apricot and Sweet Daphne. The interior colors of the rear home are Roasted Sesame Seed, Kansas Grain and Manor
  • Windows & Doors - Marvin Integrity All Ultrex Low-E windows from Gulf Enterprises help keep the home cool during the summer months and warm during the winter.
  •  Cabinets - Legacy Cabinets use sustainably harvested wood and environmentally friendly production methods.
  • HVAC - Unico System is a small-duct central heating and air conditioning system that utilizes compact, modular air handlers and flexible tubing to heat or cool the home. Unico System is 1/3 the size of conventional HVAC systems and can fit into smaller spaces, saving both material and labor costs.
  • Tankless Waterheater - Noritz tankless waterheaters heat water instantaneously and are at least 80 percent more energy efficient than conventional heaters, reducing the homeowner’s annual water heating cost by about 50 percent.
  • Countertops- ECO by Cosentino countertops and surfacing material are composed of 75% recycled raw material, including glass, mirror, porcelain and a corn oil resin.
  • Hardwood Floors - Shaw EPIC Laminate Hardwood’s inner layer is made from post-industrial recycled content and uses approximately 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional alternatives. The wood flooring color is Wheel Wright Hickory.
  • Carpet - Shaw Green Edge carpet is made from post-consumer nylon and can be recycled into new carpet at the end of its lifecycle. The carpet color used throughout the home is


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