Kinnard and Lin Win New Orleans House Competition
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.
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
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.