Located in the Arts and Warehouse District, the project consists of the renovation and conversion of an existing warehouse into a hotel and the construction of an adjacent new hotel. The existing warehouse was designed by Architect Emile Weil and built in 1921 for Crane Company—a plumbing fixtures manufacturer. Like most buildings in the Warehouse District, this structure is modestly detailed and adheres to Neoclassical principles of simplicity and symmetry. It is composed of exposed heavy timber construction and clad with red brick, cast stone and wood frame windows.
Due to the historic sensitivity and scale of the surrounding context, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple shifted the mass of the new building away from the existing warehouse towards Convention Center Blvd. The resultant massing for the new hotel consists a low-rise building—which mediates the scale of the existing structure and the Arts and Warehouse District—and a high-rise building that relates to the scale and character of the Convention Center Blvd. thoroughfare.
This direction resulted in a building massing which exceeded current zoning constraints. We assisted the client in making an unprecedented case for the additional height variance, which was granted. The new hotel is bold in scale but quiet in form and articulation. The low-rise façade utilizes uniform large vertical windows that are comparable in size to the existing warehouse windows. The high-rise façade utilizes large offset vertical windows that incrementally become wider from the lower floors to the top floors to maximize sight lines. The result is a subtlety dynamic façade that changes as one moves along Convention Center Blvd. The new building employs brick and cast stone which relates to the material, texture and scale of the existing building.Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 342,000 square feet
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