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  • New Orleans Post-Katrina Plan

New Orleans Post-Katrina Plan

Dense, Compact Mixed-use Urban Development

This project designed by Dutton Architects envisions 200 units of housing, 10,000 sf of retail, a satellite design gallery for Tulane, and a new waterfront park. It was created as part of an international competition searching for ways to build dense mixed-use buildings on the higher ground of New Orleans.

A Modern Interpretation of Traditional New Orleans Architecture


The traditional idea of a an outer skin of balconies and shading mechanisms was reinterpreted by Dutton Architects in a modern idiom. The balconies cantilever off the main building. This metal guardrails give a nuanced scale to the facade. Sliding full-height wood shutters can be manipulated as needed for adapting to the climate.


In this view, there is a double height ground floor retail space, three floors of housing, and a large community space at the top.


New Residential Villages Raised in the Air


The new housing floats over parking and retail. It is divided into a long bar building along the main street, and smaller scale courtyards perpendicular to that. This allow light and air to penetrate, and masks the density into a more human scale.

Ground Floor Plan

The street level has no residential units except some work/live units on the corner park. Otherwise there is covered parking, street-facing retail, and a new design gallery for Tulane anchoring the back of the park.

Views from the new lofts would give an amazing panorama over the Mississippi.

1115 W. Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA


+1 323-668-2600

1045 Sansome Street
Studio 321

San Francisco, CA


+1 415-726-2955

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