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Serpentine grass hill migrates to New Orleans - images

Dutch-based architects MVRDV has followed up its 'unbuildable' proposals for a mountain over the Serpentine Gallery with a similar scheme for flood-hit New Orleans.

The grassy, man-made mound ( pictured) has been designed to house a multi-storey school, including classrooms, dining spaces and a library. The outside of the hill could become a picnic area and a large playground for the children.

All the major 'programmatic' areas will be built above sea level, to be used in case of another natural disaster on the scale of the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

The design - which echoes the practice's doomed Serpentine Pavilion mountain project (AJ 08.12.05) - was inspired by a child's drawing.

According to a statement from the practice: 'She [the child] drew this hill with people walking up to the top in the rain. It had something religious as well as sentimental to it, but the simpleness was highly appealing.'

The MVRDV proposal is one of six concepts drawn up for Tulane University in collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute and Artforum.

Other schemes that have been submitted have been masterminded by Morphosis and Dutch practice UN Studio.

by Richard Waite

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