Stonehill Taylor transforms system of historic warehouses in New Orleans into boutique hotel

The “Eliza Jane” is a boutique hotel near the French Quarter in New Orleans, designed by our friends at Stonehill Taylor. It was created from seven warehouses, many centuries old, combined and renovated. The result is a variety of spaces housing 196 guest rooms with 50 suites, as well as a fitness center, garden courtyard, lounge, and restaurant. The Eliza Jane was developed as part of The Unbound Collection of boutique hotels by Hyatt, named for Eliza Jane Nicholson, first woman publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper in the United States, The Daily Picayune, who was conveniently one of the warehouse occupants. For this reason the firm’s design was influenced by the history of the Picayune, as well as other former occupants of the warehouses used in the design: incl Gulf Baking Soda and the Peychaud Bitters Factory.

MKCA’s overhauled UES seven-storey townhouse

Our friends at Michael K Chen Architecture: MKCA have undertaken a renovation of the interiors of a seven-storey townhouse with two stairwells, and adding new glazing to draw light from a rooftop patio. The footprint of the Neo-Grec building (1879) was expanded to 9,600 SqFt, and it now has five bedrooms; at one point the building was divided into 17 apartments. The office added a stairwell with irregularly shaped edges which extent behind the railings with handrails of thin braided bronze rods—and, among other interventions: an elevator, double-height windows, white surfaces and herringbone floors, as well as contemporary touches.

TPG Architecture Designs New York Office for the Associated Press

TPG Architecture has designed a New York office for Associated Press (AP), located in Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’s Brookfield Place. It is made up of three continuous executive floors with a separate dedicated newsroom floor. The New York outpost acts as a satellite for 263 offices in 106 countries. Transparency was embraced as a design theme to reflect the ethos of the AP as a cooperative, unincorporated association of journalists working together to get at the truth behind current events. Our friends at TPG were given a canvas of 172,K SqFt of space on which to work, and charged with the task of creating a workplace “ring as on-brand” for the organization, which was established in 1846, meaning the scheme had to embrace the past of journalistic tradition and the future of news reporting.

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