AD Round Up: Mardi Gras Edition

W French Quarter / Nemaworkshop. Image © Michael Kleinberg

February 17 is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” traditionally a Catholic holiday that celebrates the last night of indulging in guilty pleasures before participating in the penitential season of Lent. Celebrated around the world with elaborate parties, parades, dancing, and other frivolities, its festivities are most famously celebrated within the United States today in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the site of the first American Mardi Gras.

In honor of this holiday, we’ve rounded up five projects built in New Orleans in the last few years that capture the mysterious spirit and embrace the history of the vibrant city. These inspired works include FLOAT House by Morphosis Architects and Frank Gehry’s duplex which were designed for Make It Right’s hurricane relief effort, Voorsanger Architects’ National World War II Museum, Rosa Keller Library by the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and its joint design with Nemaworkshop for W French Quarter. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to Receive 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley

Just two days after the passing of R. Allen Eskew, FAIA, the -based architect’s practice, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple (EDR), has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual award is the highest honor bestowed by to a firm by the national institution. EDR is being recognized for “rigorously crafting Modernism to repair, restore, and enhance the exceptionally unique cultural and historic context of New Orleans.”

W New Orleans – French Quarter / Nemaworkshop

© Michael Kleinberg

Design Architects: Nemaworkshop
Architects of Record: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: , Louisiana, United States
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Kleinberg

Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple


Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 10,000 sqf
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Lamar Advertising Corporate Headquartes / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple


Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Consultants: Henderson Engineers Inc. Fox-Nesbit Engineering, Spackman, Mossop+Michaels, ABMB Engineers, Inc.
Completion: 2012
Client: Lamar Advertising Company
Project Size: 115,000 square feet
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Lamar Advertising Headquarters / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple


Lamar Advertising Headquarters, as designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a reaction against the standard office environment; it is a collaborative administrative center, a proposal planned to strengthen a culture of openness. This refurbishment of a 1970’s office building reinvented a segmented office plan into a communal arena to connect colleges and contribute to the communicating whole.

More of Lamar Advertising Headquarters after the break.

Building Community / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

If you have enjoyed the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) projects we have featured then this is the book for you. With stunning photography and informative text, this book examines not only an architect’s physical impact on the built landscape, but also her/his role as a community builder and shaper of human experience. The projects showcased throughout this book illustrate EDR’s commitment to the community in both small and large scale projects.

More after the break.

Young Architects Forum’s 2011 Ideas Competition Results


The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Young Architects Forum (YAF) and Committee on Design (COD) have selected the recipients of the second annual YAF/COD Ideas Competition, sponsored by TOTO. Results in addition to images of the awarded projects with brief narratives from the designers can be found after the break.

Architecture City Guide: New Orleans

In preparation for this year’s 2011 National Convention our Architecture City Guide is headed to the Big Easy. For the attendees, next weekend, the chapter has prepared an architecture city guide with 250 buildings worth seeing. Therefore our meager list of 12 hardly covers the wonderful buildings to visit. Lets us know your favorites that are not on our list in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: New Orleans list and corresponding map after the break

L.B. Landry High School / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Timothy Hursley

This new high school for the Louisiana Department of Education Recovery School District was part of a post-Katrina “quick start” construction program to accelerate the replacement of five damaged schools within an extremely aggressive timeline (6 months for design and 20 months for construction) while a new comprehensive masterplan for the New Orleans school system was underway.

L.B. Landry High School occupies an important place in the city’s history – part of the reason for its accelerated rebuilding. The school was founded in 1938 as the first public high school on the west bank of the city that African-American residents could attend and only the second black high school established in Orleans Parish.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawing of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple’s design for the L.B. Landry High School.

Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, , USA
Contractor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Group, LLC
Architect of Record: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Associate Architect for Programming: SHW Group
Structural/Civil Engineers: Schrenk & Peterson Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineers: Eustis Engineering Company
MEP Engineers: Moses Engineers
Landscape Architects: Daly Sublette Landscape Architects, Inc.
Food Service Consultant: Futch Design Associates
Acoustical/Audio-Visual: Gracenote Consulting
Estimator: Pro-Serv Estimating
Client: Louisiana Recovery School District
Project Area: 236,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Louisiana State Museum / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Timothy Hurlsey

Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
Project area: 69,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2006
Photographs: Timothy Hurlsey, Chris Rodriguez

ULL Art Museum / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Timothy Hurlsey

Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: Lafayette, , USA
General Contractor: The Lemoine Company
Landscape Architects: Jon Emerson & Associates
Structural Engineering: McKee and Deville Consulting Engineers, Inc.
MEP Engineering: M & E Consultants
Lighting Design: PHA Lighting Design
Museum Programming: M. Goodwin Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineering: C.H. Fenstermaker Associates
Fountain Design: Fluidity Design Consultants Inc.
Project Area: 30,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Timothy Hurlsey & Philip Gould

AD Interviews: Steve Dumez / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

During the AIA convention in Miami we had the chance to interview Steve Dumez, Design Director at Nola-based firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, who received his FAIA during the event.

Steve is the “design guru” at EDR, overseeing the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, and according to the firm “his hand sketches in the early phases of design are invaluable”.

Steve, along side partners Allen  Eskew (FAIA) and Mark Ripple (AIA, LEED AP) have been focused their efforts in the NOLA area, not only with their buildings, but also taking part on the initiatives  to rebuild NOLA. Steve is also a Past-President of AIA and AIA New Orleans.

EDR’s work portfolio includes projects in varies scales, such as the Prospect.1 Welcome Center (AIA Small Project Award 2010)  or 930 Poydras Residential Tower, a 462,000 sqf project. On the videos below we discuss with Steve about their experience working on such different scales.

Other works by previously featured at AD:

… and more coming soon!

Enjoy the rest of the interview:

930 Poydras Residential Tower / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Timothy Hurlsey

Designed to vertically re-imagine the typically horizontal condition of New Orleans’ dense French Quarter blocks, the project is organized to create a communal amenity floor at the 9th level, reinterpreting the courtyard housing typology for urban, high-rise living. At this raised “courtyard” level, shuttle elevators transfer from garage to tower in order to instigate opportunities for residents to cross paths with one another in a shared, communal space as opposed to the typical, introverted experience found in most high-rise residential developments.

More photographs, drawings, and description of this 21 story, 462,000 square foot mixed-use residential project including ground floor retail and 250 residential apartments above a 500-car garage following the break.

Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, ,
Mechanical Engineer: Mechanical Construction Co
Structural Engineer: Morphy Makofsky Inc
Electrical Engineer: Canzoneri & Associates
Civil Engineer: Morphy Makofsky Inc
Geotechnical Engineer: Eustis Engineering
MEP Engineer: Moses Engineers (Contract Administration Only)
Contractor: Gibbs Construction Company
Client: Brian Gibbs Development, LLC
Project Area: 462,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Timothy Hurlsey

Prospect.1 Welcome Center / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Steve Dumez

Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, LA,
Consultants: Canal Construction of LLC – General Contractor
Client: U.S. Biennial, Inc.
Project Size: 300 sf
Completion Date: 2008
Photography: Will Crocker Photography, Steve Dumez

Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Center / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Guidry Beazley Architects


Architects: Eskew+Dumez+RippleGuidry Beazley Architects
Location: Key West, Florida, USA
General Contractor: BRPH
MEP Engineer: Associated Design Group, Inc.
Structural Engineer: McKee and Deville Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: URS Group, Inc.
Cost Management: Atkins HF+G
Year of Completion: 2006
Client: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Division
Project Size: 30,000 square feet
Software Implemented: AutoCAD
Photography: Timothy Hursley

LITE Technology Center / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Guidry Beazley Architects


Architects:  Eskew+Dumez+Ripple / Guidry Beazley Architects
Location:  Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Consultants:  J.B. Mouton, Inc. – General Contractor, Associated Design Group – MEP Engineers, Bellard and Associates – Structural Engineer, Visual Acuity – Visualization Systems, Global Data Systems – Communications/IT, Jon Emerson & Associates – Landscape Architect
Client: Lafayette Economic Development Authority
Project Size: 61,040 square feet
Year of Completion: 2006
Photography: Timothy Hursley