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New Orleans Story Center: ARCH 609 Spring 2012


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mission precedent

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Rooted deep in history, New Orleans has become a cultural melting pot unique to the south and the United States. Distinct in location physical geographical context, the city has also unique architecture, people, food and community oneness.

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By visiting the site in early February, I was instantly drawn to this idea that this particular community, more than most, is excited to sit down with visitors and tell them there story. Not only do the people want to know your reason for visiting, but they are just as eager to tell you their story; whether be it their story of survival of Katrina, their family connection to Kansas or even offering suggestions on the best place to get rice and beans. Upon further observation, majority of the time, these casual story sessions happen on the front porch of a house, the balcony of a restaurant, under the shade tree in a courtyard bar or even the simple greeting nod and smile while passing someone on the street. I feel as though these experiences uniquely rooted in climate. By creating places where people intersect, the climate allows these conversations to occur. By understanding this idea, I was drawn to the idea of designing a civic place that defines a new encounter of people from the river front to link with locals in the bywater district. Also rooted in the context is understanding and studying the neighborhood site, height, noise and public spaces along with their impact on the surrounding houses and businesses.

context, site visit


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Recording Studios FilmStudios

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context

schools

churches

community center

grocers


Max Height

50’

Min. depth in Front yard

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Min yard on side street

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Min. int. side yard

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Min. int. side yard next to residential

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Min. yard on side street when rear abuts residential

10’

Min. side or rear yard if any

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Min rear yard when abutting residential

20’

Max floor area ratio

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Park Business Residential Light Industrial

zoning

50’ max

Light Industrial


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back porch

sleeping

circulation

kitchen

living

shading front porch

living

social street level

context: strata


bywater site- 8’

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levee sea level

18’

Mississippi 1250’

1000’

French Quarter

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750’

500’

Gentilly Ridge

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University of New Orleans

levee 20

Above-sea-level New Orleans shown in green

high water 10 avg. water level 0

Image of greater New Orleans

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Roughly half of the city and metropolis lie under sea level

Mississippi River bank -20 feet

context: topography

sea level avg. level of New Orleans

Lake Pontchartrain bank


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mission, precedent

The power of stories that connect random strangers to the deeply personal connection of neighborhoods became the main focus driving power of the project. The ever personal experiences that are casual shared help to link a community space and add a level of richness to civic spaces. These experiences are deeply rooted in the culture of New Orleans and create an important connection to visiting people. The power of stories not only link current cultures and thoughts, but they have the power to create a genuine link to history, generations, and the power of spoken word as communication.


“Deeply engrained in the fiber of every culture, is the connection to stories.�

With this in mind, the story center has the ability to improve lives and history through the power of stories. By designing a place that promotes interaction between people in New Orleans, stories are gathered by the sharing of ideas and experiences. The art of story not only impacts the present learners, but many generations and cultures to come. By designing this building for the documenting and sharing of stories, the overall context becomes much richer through experience. Successful design has the ability to change thoughts, motions, landscapes and the ways humans occupy space and, ultimately, how they share their personal stories.

mission: bywater story center


The idea that spatial flexibility can be used in tight site constrictions was one reason the Wiley Theater in Dallas is a precedent. This in turned help drive the project to create a ‘super fly’ flexible theater. The flexibility created a space that was not only used for indoor performances, but also a stage for the outdoor surrounding. The flexibility and indoor/outdoor relationships are important, especially in New Orleans. This idea that the a large open space can be used by the community and visitors alike can start to derive new programmatic functions to the space other than just a theater.

precedents: wiley theater


While the Lavin Bernick Center does not boast itself as a high design architectural project, the building is actually quite effective in its attention to details while create a functional student union building for Tulane University. In this New Orleans located project, the attention to detail; in environmental systems, circulation, sectional relationships, materials and New Orleans culture make this building strongly rooted in site and context of campus. The little things set this building apart because of the design and it’s relation to users.

precedents : lavin bernick center


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parti, program analysis


Main components to storytelling:

speaking and listening

Speak [Record]

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[Radio Station] reception offices recording rooms editing rooms data storage

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small station, broadcast stories that are being generated; local news, music, happenings

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[Storytelling Space] Offices Semi private areas that allow for personal conversations or adaptable for larger groups of communication (inspired by New Orleans front porch culture) Office areas surrounding these locations for writers working in the building

Listen [Perform] [Interior] community meetings, story/experience sharing, small plays, indoor/outdoor relationship, catering events, impromptu socializing [Outdoor Space] open air gathering space, lectures, neighborhood events, live music

radio station story offices

stage

admin

seating

parti: communicating


Morning Afternoon Evening Administation/Offices

Radio

Story Center

Theater

users: daily usage


[Radio Station, 1035 sf] Reception 400 sf Offices 100 sf Recording rooms 175 sf Editing rooms 260 Data storage 100sf

mechanical circulation recording

[Story Documenting, 4770 sf] Offices 400 sf Conference Room 400 sf Social spaces 735 sf Circulation social spaces 1162 sf Outdoor gathering spaces 2073 sf

circulation

[Administration, 1040 sf] Offices 470 sf Reception 200 sf Break Area 50 sf Conference Room 320 sf [Performance, 4765 sf] Stage 550 sf Support Space 530 sf Dressing Room 100 sf Entry Plaza 1005 sf Seating Space 1465 sf Gallery 1115 sf [Support Spaces, 2214 sf] Restrooms 691 sf Mechanical 444 sf Janitorial 100 sf Concessions 100 sf Egress 579 sf Loading Area 300 sf

total 13,824 sf

program: the breakdown

offices circulation support

conference

stage conference offices reception outdoor seating


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Through many interactions, the idea of having an outdoor space that creates a civic corner for the people of bywater and an ending node to the new water front development along the Mississippi. The relationship of outdoor space and programmatic massing to create architecture as a noise and site buffer developed through many iterations of models, drawings and at times, somewhere in between. By detailing the reciprocity of speaking and listening programmatically, the relationship also develops through ideas and development.

process


Black Box = Flex Box; Space for Community

City

Site Location Important

River

Collect

Show

Story

Box

Write Verbal Neighborhood New Orleans River

Share Neighborhood

Perform Experience Unite Flexible

Radio

Broadcast Distribute Communicate Enlighten Fixed Location

River

Neighborhood

Neighborhood


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7 concessions 8 mechanical 9 conference room 10 office 11 reception 12 kitchenette

13 entry 14 gallery 15 loading dock 16 indoor social 17 storage 18 outdoor social

19 recording space 20 editing room 21 data storage 22 storage 23 open to below

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site plan: 1/64”-1’-0”


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7 concessions 8 mechanical 9 conference room 10 office 11 reception 12 kitchenette

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13 entry 14 gallery 15 loading dock 16 indoor social 17 storage 18 outdoor social

19 recording space 20 editing room 21 data storage 22 storage 23 open to below


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7 concessions 8 mechanical 9 conference room 10 office 11 reception 12 kitchenette

13 entry 14 gallery 15 loading dock 16 indoor social 17 storage 18 outdoor social

19 recording space 20 editing room 21 data storage 22 storage 23 open to below


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South

elevation: 1/16”-1’-0”

metal panel

perforated metal panels

climbing vertical vines


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assembly, systems


exterior metal rainscreen facade vertical supports 2” insulation air gap moisture barrier exterior sheathing 6” metal studs on 16” O.C. interior gyp board layer

4” th. concrete metal decking 30’ span, typical 18” joists 16” beam

assembly: building layers


flooring roof spacers membrane tapered insulation 1/8” per foot concrete

flooring subflooring 4” concrete metal decking 18” depth joists @ 2’ spacing beam

metal panel rainscreen vertical supports air gap 2” insulation membrane air barrier 6” metal studs interior gyp. bd. sheathing

pile cap 5’x6’x 2’-0”

(4) piles at 9” dia.


roof 40’-0”

level three 29’-0”

level two 15’-0”

landing 11’-9”

level one 2’-0”

street level 0’-0”


central supply system stacked restrooms stacked mechanical rooms

systems: mechanical, circulation, structural

enclosed exit stairway with exit discharge 2 means of egress

Column 30’ spacing Beam, depth 16” Joist 2’ spacing (typ) , depth 18” Pile cap 5’x6’x2’


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