Ace Hotel has opened a New Orleans outpost designed by our friends at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, with interiors by our friends at Roman & Williams, in an historic building in the city’s Warehouse District to which has been added an extension for extra rooms. The 1928 building was designed by the architects of Louisiana’s State Capitol Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth; it formerly housed the largest furniture store in the South. The art deco interiors of the original were restored and renovated, and with the four-storey addition the hotel covers 184,K SqFt and includes 234 keys, as well as a bar and restaurant, meeting spaces, and retail. Design features of the project draw inspiration from the history of the city of New Orleans, including a carriageway and balcony gardens; this is also reflected in interior materials and furnishings. Dark brick cladding is found on the facade, and the original structure and new addition are connected by a three-storey glass bridge set back from the street.
The Crescent Park project in New Orleans, by our friends at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is part of a larger master plan conceived with a view towards making the city of New Orleans and its riverfront greener; the park was designed to reestablish a connection between New Orleanians and the Mississippi River. As is often the case with waterfront communities, that of New Orleans has an industrial and maritime past, which is well in the past and so the project transforms the remnants of those industries into assets for the present-day community. The park maximizes physical and visual access to the river, creating environments to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for members of the community, as well as excellent views of the city skyline and the famous Crescent City Connection Bridge. The 1.4 mile park features 20 acres of indigenous landscaping and a network of paths for walking, jogging and biking; two industrial wharves have been repurposed as spaces for public gatherings, festivals and art exhibitions.