Energy and Atmosphere

MIR - Atelier Hitoshi Abe House


Make-It-Right Foundation


New Orleans, LA

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Flexibility offers many different options for smart living. Through the inherit flexibility of it's design and organization, this house can accommodate many arrangements of single family, multiple family, renter and tenant and live/work arrangements. Having interchangeable floor plans allows the family to change the size and configuration of the two homes as their family size, needs or economic situations change.


Two shotgun houses are linked together and able to open, close or share the space between. In this way, much larger open spaces are created for private bedrooms or public living spaces. The flexible boundary between the residences can be soft and adapt the changing needs of a family throughout the years. The array of choices gives families freedom to adapt their living size to their economic situations with little cost. An owner can rent out a single bedroom apartment or split the whole house into a duplex. Owners are able to re-create and customize their living situations as needed. The economic benefits of a flexible structure also translate into ecological benefits of a re-usable or re-purposed structure.

The facade of the building has been developed following a strategy of flexibility as well. It can absorb different colors, sizes and quantities of siding depending on the availability of materials or economic conditions at a given time. Weaving different colors into one facade and taking advantage of this adaptability creates a new identity and residential fabric.

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