A forgotten piece of land adjacent to an Interstate becomes the site of a home that reinterprets how average Americans can live.
This house encourages & nurtures small business ventures as well as flexible living/working situations. The house simultaneously functions as a home, art/design studio, & occasional gallery. It is equipped with over 250 linear feet of gallery lighting, as well as a billboard-like art installation attached to its exterior walls. The images that wrap the structures are easily changed for various events & occasions.
The site for this project is in the Perkins Road Over-Pass area, where one can walk to a locally owned & operated grocery store, hardware store, drugstore, dry cleaner, & bookstore. The overpass also contains some of Baton Rouge’s best restaurants & bars. This dense commercial area is bisected by a raised section of Interstate 10, which serendipitously serves as covered parking for the surrounding establishments. Despite its economic success, the area has retained a raw, gritty character. The site for this project is located on the edge of this commercial district & backs up to the Interstate. Due to the lot’s unusual dimensions, zoning, & proximity to the Interstate, it remained vacant for over 40 years.
This project won a Louisiana AIA Honor Award & was published in Dwell Magazine