Modern houses are becoming more and more eco-friendly and that is because big names like William McDonough and Partners are coming up with paradigms like the Cradle to Cradle design theories. A recent structure in New Orleans developed as a part of the Make it Right initiative also uses the same design theory.
The cradle to cradle seeks to benefit the environment at all costs by using materials in construction that can be returned to nature upon dismantlement, recycling of-course being an option. This house has been built up to rejuvenate the Lower 9th Area in New Orleans which was devastated after Katrina (the whole initiative has been called Make it Right).
A number of community design workshops helped in producing the prototype reflecting the input of a number of families from different origins. This brought about a structure that was diverse and had place for an evolving community. William is very proud of the design and says that a good design can be affordable.
Meant for two families, the 1900 Square-feet structure involved costs of $250,000. Sustainable features like deep overhangs, exteriors allowing more daylight and natural ventilation and roof mounted PV panels find a place in this structure.
A perfect duplex for a couple of families, it accommodates the evolving technology and the changing family structures.