Office of Jonathan Tate (OJT) engaged Spackman Mossop Michaels (SMM) to collaborate on their innovative project Saint Thomas at Ninth, part of the Starter Home initiative, which aims to create affordable housing within gentrifying urban neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana. The program also encourages density and modest-sized housing as a way to foster more sustainable living. The buildings are tightly organized around a courtyard/driveway that runs through the center of the site. The converted warehouse encompasses three condos, each rising two levels. A portion of the warehouse was removed to make way for the courtyard. Each new building contains a three-story condo. Rather than simple, repetitive boxes, the team created an assemblage of different-shaped volumes with multi-pitch roofs. SMM provided full service landscape design for the project which included the exterior and social spaces with integrated stormwater management.