This studio course concentrates on the ways in which a building’s site and environmental context influence
architectural design. Students conduct simple site analyses and make design decisions on that basis. Also the architect students were partner up with a graduate interior designer to work together in creating a wholistic design.
The site is located in Bywater, a mid-19th century neighborhood down river from the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. As New Orleans faces a future in which widespread abandonment is a real possibility after hurricane Katrina, the residents of Bywater gave us the task of converting an abandoned horse stable into a community center. A building that responds to the city’s new circumstances: a creative rehabilitation of an existing historical building, along with a modern intervention that will serve as the primary space in the center.