Bio Cells is a concept that reaches the community of Chalmette, Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans as a whole. After the catastrophic event of Hurricane Katrina leaving 1 million people affected our proposal is a way to continue life after the problematic elements of the site, especially flooding. As well as a solution for the people affected who have not been helped. Housing up to 1,600 people through modular housing units in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. The idea is that it is a conceptual living organism that grows according to its needs. The project consists of a parametric cell system that determined the program as well as the spaces needed to accommodate the program requirements for a Biodiversity Center. Within the program we implemented housing units that would be occupied by residents of the surrounding area during an extreme weather condition such as a flood surge like Hurricane Katrina. The project also integrates biological programs such as Necropsy, Genetics, Ecological, Ecosystem, and Green House laboratories. Another integrated element to the program is the Katrina Memorial, this aspect to the program helps to introduce what occurred during and after Hurricane Katrina. We feel this addition to the program will uplift the city of Chalmette and New Orleans as a whole. The ground level offers a number of open passages for all people through the transit transportation system. The elevated Structure gradually rises from the ground up to 50’ in the air, way above flood level. With this movement in elevation residents, visitors, workers, as well as Habitat for Humanity inhabitants will have a multiplicity of experiences architecturally, culturally, and environmentally. With that in mind the primary goal to this project is for the concept to grow to its needs, and for it to continue to progress even through the extreme measures of tragedy.
In collaboration with Roman Mendez