New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward rebuilding effort, Make It Right, has a lot star power associated with it, including Brad Pitt and William McDonough. One recently completed home was designed by one of the biggest starchitects around, Frank Gehry. But you won't see any curvy titanium panels on this home — instead, it's adorned with pink and purple fiber cement siding.
The duplex is pink on one half, purple on the other. The pastel colored siding not only offers a cheerful facade, but it's functional, too. Cement fiberboard siding is fire, rot, insect and decay resistant, low maintaince, and made of recycled materials. In fact, according to the LA Times, the colors were chosen by the owners, not Gehry. Gehry did state, "I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better."
In addition to the siding, other eco-friendly elements incorporated into the Make It Right design include covered porches, cross-ventilation, photovoltaic solar panels, a metal roof, energy-efficient window units, no-VOC paints, and finishes with recycled content.
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