WWL TV Studio Headquarters
Situated at the edge of New Orleans’ French Quarter, WWL-TV’s campus is comprised of a cluster of historic residences, warehouse buildings, and a highly unique, mid-century modern structure facing Rampart Street.
Serving the studio broadcast and administrative operations for the TV station, the Rampart Street building had long been outdated. The client initially considered building a new facility and relocating its operations outside of the French Quarter before exploring the possible benefits of a complete renovation of the studio. When the latter proved more cost-effective, EskewDumezRipple was hired to design and implement a substantial interior renovation that would not only modernize the building but generate a new appreciation for one of the few modernist structures contained within the historic French Quarter.
The most distinctive feature of the design is a slotted walnut staircase located behind the lobby reception area and tucked behind a series of translucent rods. A high bay clerestory drops natural light into the center of the space above the stair. Used as the primary means of circulation between floors, the staircase rods also double as a screen which is used to project the station’s promotional footage visible to all who pass by.