A collaboration with Morphosis Architects on their residential project for the Make It Right Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving housing and rebuilding neighborhoods in the most affected sections of New Orlean's Ninth Ward post Hurricane Katrina.
I was asked to create a graphical design scheme for both the window and railing system on Morphosis' self-contained, flood resistant design, The FLOAT House. A surface and context prime for story telling in the graphic design, the window and railing scheme are a continuous narrative around the perimeter of the structure. The wrapper establishes a beginning and end in-between which a transitional "mark-storm" is woven contiguously from pane to pane, animating a metaphorical weather system that engulfs the house impacting form along the way.
The geographically familiar fleur de lis is embedded as the system's graphical DNA, with the first instance positioned boldly at center of the porch railing in a classical ornate French style. As the pattern moves around the house, the iconic symbol of New Orlean's cultural heritage transforms into an angular, simplified version, hinting at the city's rich historical roots and confrontation with modernity. As a result, the railing and window system act as a both visual timeline, as well as, the region's appetite for absorbing into its fold a wildly diverse and sporadic identity.