Kinnard and Lin Win New Orleans House Competition

Section of Sunshower SSIP House by Judith Kinnard, FAIA and Tiffany Lin. Courtesy Oceansafe.

By William Richards

Architects Judith Kinnard, FAIA and Tiffany Lin beat out seven architecture firms on July 22 in the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition, sponsored by Oceansafe and Reose, LLC. Competition organizers invited competition firms to design self-sufficient homes optimized for quick construction after a natural disaster. Architects were asked to use only readily-available and standard building materials that could fit into a single cargo container.

Cross ventilation is provided by generous openings in the home’s structurally insulated panels (SIPS). Courtesy Oceansafe.

The home features a mid-plan porch that encourages indoor/outdoor living. Courtesy Oceansafe.

Ammar Eloueini Digit-All Studio, Biles Architecture, Bild Design, Mathes Brierre Architects, Metro Studio, Trapolin Architects, Wiznia Architecture + Development, and Judith Kinnard Architecture were invited to devise a house that could sustain water and electricity for up to 25 years, resist 160 miles-per-hour winds, and have a seismic rating of 8.2.

Kinnard and Tiffany Lin were awarded the $10,000 prize for their proposal Sunshower SSIP House, which will be constructed at the corner of Julie Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans in the coming months. The house will stand as an exhibition space for the competition’s other entries as well as a model for future solutions to disaster relief.

Sunshower SSIP House is a dual roof structure. One roof channels rainwater into a cistern and the other collects solar energy via a series of 220W solar panels. Cross-ventilation is provided by sliding SIPs panels and abundant daylight minimizes the use of electric lighting. Even if the architects have kept glazing to a minimum, a mid-plan deck and

Section showing techniques for gathering rainwater and solar energy. Courtesy Oceansafe.

Section showing programmatic features. Courtesy Oceansafe.

generous apertures offer a sense of openness and connection to the outside.


Kinnard, an architect and a former Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, is Professor of Architecture at Tulane University and the President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Lin, an architect who has worked for Michael Graves, Associates, Machado and Silvetti Associates, and Leers Weinzapfel Associates, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tulane University.

William Richards is the Editor-in-Chief of Inform: Architecture and Design in the Mid-Atlantic.

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9 Responses to “Kinnard and Lin Win New Orleans House Competition”

  1. I love the concept. Would this plan be viable for the central plains of Kansas?
    Do you have any views of the floor plan I can reference?

    Thank You

    Keith Johnson

  2. Yes, I see that many people (young & old) would be interested. I’m 60 and would like more information on how I can obtain one if a get a piece of property on the NJ shore.

    Gary Hyde

  3. As a design student I have to say this is exactly what I hoped to be doing after graduation. I love this project.I hope to be able to get to NOLA soon to see it for myself.

  4. I would love to have them too. Nice work! Email is

  5. can you please send the floor plan copies. thank you!!

    my email is

  6. Follow the construction of the SUNSHOWER SSIP build on our blog

  7. It is a very smart solution for colecting rain water, I love the design but I would like to see the floor plans and how many square feet the house has.


  8. Hello SLT,
    Please leave your email and we will happily send you the plans for reference!

  9. Love This House!! Very Smart !! I read in ecohome and online too! I would like to see the floor plan layout?

    Thank You,


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