Breaching the Floodwall: Recreating the Natural Levee
New Orleans, Louisiana

Joint Venture: praxis3 + Lee Kean Architect

This entry for Architectural Records competition was based on the idea that the next flood would always occur. With that in mind the base of the project is given to parking and an open air farmers market. Town houses along the street edge conceal a urban park three stories above grade. The park provides access across the flood wall and train line to the river beyond. Above the park is a long tower housing market-rate apartments with teak shutters so that the tenants can control the temperature without necessarily needing to use mechanical systems.