Katrina Cottages

Katrina Cottages

Grace Shu
Jul 7, 2008
  • Location: multiple locations

After Hurricane Katrina devastated America's Gulf coast in 2005, architect Marianne Cusato designed and developed one of the most popular low-cost emergency shelters: the Katrina Cottage. Fusing traditional design with eco-friendly solutions, the original 308-sq ft Katrina cottage became so popular that it's been adapted into a series of almost twenty-four different versions that range from 500-1000 sq ft. Click below the jump to check out a few interior shots...

[ Photos © 2006 Jackie Craven ]

Natural bamboo floors, no interior walls, and a Murphy bed that folds open to fit within square pillars and curtains to create privacy.

Kitchen occupies one wall, all the appliances are energy efficent.

Even though the Katrina cottages were created as an emergency shelter, these homes meet hurricane codes thanks to the use of quality materials such as floor-to-ceiling tiles. Although plastic or vinyl coverings would have been cheaper, the tiles are much more durable.
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