The stars are aligning to improve New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward—starchitect William McDonough and movie star Brad Pitt, that is. Yet what McDonough and Pitt are offering is more interesting than their partnership: a newly introduced module for a Cradle-to-Cradle-inspired, LEED –Platinum prefabricated home.
Launched last month as an extension of the higher-end, single-family line of LivingHome modules, the LivingHome C6 features three factory-built modules and can be fully constructed in fewer than two months. Built by Cavco, the 1,232-square-foot C6 requires a one-day, on-site installation. Inspired by the mid-century Eichler Homes built throughout California, it offers a central, accessible courtyard and an open floor plan.
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The C6 includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a backyard and courtyard accessible via multiple sliding glass doors. The home gets its “C” shape and title from both its spine, which houses an open kitchen, dining, and living space, and from two perpendicular legs that make up the periphery of the courtyard and contain the bedrooms and storage.
Cork floors, a wood ceiling, and natural wood millwork complement floor-to-ceiling glass, light tubes, and clerestory and transom windows. The home is clad in wood siding and features an iPhone accessible lighting control system. The space also includes a McDonough-designed door handle. “I am now also putting my hand and eye to designing products that inherently contain and render visible the surprise and delights of Cradle to Cradle design,” says the architect in a release.
Lest the home’s environmental footprint go unnoticed: As the first Energy Star-certified production home with a LEED Platinum environmental program and Cradle to Cradle products, it also tops the LivingHome brand’s lineup in terms of efficiency, the company says. The C6 uses energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as a smart heating/air conditioning control system, photovoltaics, low-flow water fixtures, and a graywater-ready system. A carbon off-set is included in the purchase price to compensate for the energy used in the home’s creation, and no-VOC paint and formaldehyde-free millwork are used throughout.
Pitt and McDonough say they plan to build 150 C6 homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward through Pitt’s Make It Right foundation . A portion of the proceeds from the homes’ sales would be donated back to the foundation.