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The Lagniappe House


Make It Right Foundation


New Orleans, LA

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The goal of Make It Right is to provide Lower 9th Ward residents with affordable, energy efficient housing that will resist future flooding and designed by contemporary architects. From the selection of ecologically sustainable materials, efficient energy and water management systems, with emphasis on neighborhood connection, The Lagniappe House references traditional New Orleans housing while integrating contemporary design elements.


Lagniappe, in southern Louisiana culture, is an unexpected gift or benefit – a little something extra thrown in as a show of gratitude. The Lagniappe House was included in the first round of single-family homes designed for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation in the heavily damaged Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Designed with a flexible floor plan, The Lagniappe House weaves together indoor and outdoor spaces, giving homeowners public areas for socializing with neighbors and private areas in which to live.

The Lagniappe House is a popular design chosen by many Lower 9th Ward residents. Two versions of the Lagniappe House are complete, with a third model currently under construction.

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