Emulating the values of the nonprofit that calls it home, the building is transparent, welcoming, and forward-looking yet respectful of its historic context.
The relatively small building presents a large face to the street in a conscious effort to give the limited program area the scale and presence appropriate for a civic institution. The result is a thin building that maximizes street presence, daylight, and ground-level views through spaces dedicated to public engagement to a lush courtyard beyond.
Both interior and exterior of the structure reflect its mission to create healthy buildings, healthier employees, and a healthier, more interactive society.
All of the site’s rainwater is used to irrigate the landscape and maintain a healthy water table while reducing the load on the city’s storm water collection system in the neighborhood.
This new headquarters for a local philanthropic foundation heals a scar on an important public space. As an exercise in emulating the values of the nonprofit that calls it home, the building is transparent, welcoming, and expressed in a restrained form and vocabulary that respects its historic context.
Greater New Orleans Foundation
AIA New Orleans Architecture Honor Award, 2018
USGBC Excellence in Sustainability Honor Award, 2018