Geoff Zawacki, photographer

Geoff Zawacki, photographer

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MIR - Kieran Timberlake House


Make-It-Right Foundation


New Orleans, LA

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Recognizing that the intention is to build multiple houses over time, the design challenge for the architects, Kieran Timberlake, was to create a prototype that can be customized easily and inexpensively with various floor plans, material options, and environmental systems to satisfy a range of conditions and desires. This approach does more than provide shelter; it is essential for rebuilding a neighborhood of individual homes. Local off-site fabrication has the benefit of helping attain economic sustainability in the region.


To support Make It Right's goal to rebuild houses that were safer, better constructed, and that are healthy for the families that live in them C & G Construction teamed up with OceanSafe Building Systems. They constructed the home using “Steel Structural Insulated Panels” (SSIP) consisting of galvalume panels, combined with polystyrene cores (EPS), and assembled with a patented snap-together system. These panels were used for external, load-bearing walls as well as the roof system to create an entire building envelope that is impervious to the destructive forces of nature. According to the architects, variations to the exterior fit-out, including PV panels, sunscreens, storage, and rainwater harvesting allow the house to accommodate a range of homeowners.

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