This project makes our heads spin, and it isn’t just that view from the staircase.
The J-House, located in a designated flood zone in New Orleans, is in some ways a fairly typical Southern Louisiana structure. It sits 9 feet below sea level, uses a standard New Orleans housing lot (30x150 feet), and employs a shotgun-style typology.
Yet this ambitious project—which after three location changes, two permit variances, and one zoning variance is finally in its last stages of completion—provides a twist. Literally: Two interwoven “tubes” dictate the logic of the massing, freeing up views right through the building and bursting open to a skylight above to create a breathtaking space.
Despite its powerful looks, the building meets the ground with delicacy. Using the twisting form, the footprint on the plot is minimized to a fraction of a typical house on such a plot. With the aid of a handsome prefabricated steel structure the building is kept stable and sturdy.
J-House has already won multiple awards without even being finished yet. We can only imagine what an impact it will make when complete.
See more of the project here.