New Orleans Housing

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    Site Analysis and Form
    6/2/2007 (creation)
Related people
Brian Lapolla (designer)
William O'Brien (studio professor)
Autumn 2006
North and Central America->United States->Louisiana->New Orleans
This was a student project by Brian Lapolla for William O'Brien Jr.'s ARCH 341 course, Autumn 2006.
"New Orleans has a geographically rich landscape that was interrupted by the forces of Hurricane Katrina. The design concept called for the ability to capture views of the restored landscape. Looking at three site conditions helped inform the position of the project relative to its context in an urban environment. The first condition was a circulation corridor which traversed the entire site; the second condition was a view corridor towards the city of New Orleans; the third condition was a view corridor towards Lake Pontchartrain. These conditions spaced vertically gave an opportunity for a twist in the structure as a design decision. This illustrated a transformation from one corridor to another. The vertical position was governed by the ability to view each of the three site conditions. The skin of the building was guided by an analysis of public vs. private spaces of the unit's floor plan. This helped to derive the porosity of the skin. Private spaces are given a much denser, more opaque condition, while public spaces are given a more translucent condition. The skin and the form together act as one unit that allows an ability to capture or block views based on site corridors and the programmatic orientation of the unit." -- Brian Lapolla
This work is a part of the online collections of the Knowlton School of Architecture Student Archives, The Ohio State University. It is part of an effort to make accessible student work ranging from the first student that graduated from the program in 1903 to the present.

Keywords: student work, KSA, drawings and plans, residential structure, housing, house.
2000s (2000 - 2009)
ARCH 341
Academic Class