10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina literally smashed the American city of New Orleans to pieces. And despite the fact that recently, Brad Pitt registered his five-bedroom house for 6.5 million dollars in France, he is actively involved in the restoration of the destroyed houses of the affected residents.
“We approached this incredibly naive,” said Pitt. “They just thought that we could build houses — but how difficult is it?”
Much harder than he thought, it turns out. But this did not stop him or the locals, and now Pitt does not hide his joy that 109 colorful, durable, ecological houses adorn the local lands, on which, after Katrina, there was nothing but dirt, garbage and fragments of houses.
“I feel a sense of pride when I see this little oasis of color and solar panels,” Brad said. As an amateur architect himself, Pitt wanted,so that new homes are not just living spaces, but also to be environmentally friendly, and not only cheap to build, but also inexpensive to live.
“I come to the neighboring district, I see people on the porch and ask how they live in these houses. They say: "Good." And I ask, how much do you pay for utilities? And they will say something like: “24 bucks,” and I feel great, ”the actor admits.
At the same time, Brad Pitt managed to persuade some of the world's best architects, including Shigeru Ban, Tom Mayne, and even Frank Gehry, to model several futuristic houses. But the residents themselves also chose the color scheme and a certain design of dwellings. As a result, this area has become one of the tourist attractions of New Orleans.
The restructuring of the neighborhood cost $ 26.8 million, an average of 150 thousand dollars for a house. The money for the project was taken from federal loans and donations. Pitt is not informed about the financial investments, but his very participation in such a large-scale project is already impressive.