BREACHING THE FLOODWALL



CLIENT

DESIGN COMPETITION

LOCATION
NEW ORLEANS, LA.

TEAM
PRAXIS3
LEE KEAN ARCHITECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Our proposal seeked to re-engage these shaping aspects with three components: the levee/green space, the city block, and the living units. In the levee/green space component, “Breaching the Floodwall” attempted to replace the single divisive edge of the floodwall, which acts as the definitive threshold between the natural terrain and the built environment, with a zone which weaves together nature and the city. The natural ecosystem is reintroduced into the urban fabric. By recreating the natural levee, the built environment and the natural environment are washing over each other in a harmonious, respectful balance. Land and water is introduced into the site by an elevated public green space which folds from the sidewalk. This continues underneath the building incorporating a reflecting pool which also houses water collecting and regulating cisterns. The wetland-like public green space filled with indigenous grasses and vegetation makes a look out platform the width of the site to view the Mississippi River. The built environment laces through with flowing estuary paths from urban sidewalk to green public space over the proposed streetcar rail lines and down to the future city park at the river’s edge.