New Orleans, LA
New Orleans’ World Trade Center, a National Register Historic building that once served as the headquarters for the trade organization, sat unused for years despite its prime location and modernist history. The City chose developers, Carpenter & Company and Woodward Interests for the historic redevelopment of the dilapidated property into a destination luxury property with a revitalized Mississippi riverfront featuring new public attractions.
A distinguishing element of the original building is the louvered façade. While this made sense in its original use, that feature now obstructs views. The louvered panels are being removed and restored in keeping with national and local historic guidelines, and will remain a distinguishing element of the lower levels. In order to meet the programmatic needs of the hotel and residences, a new podium at street level has been integrated into the historic tower. Its form was derived from a desire to re-form urban connections, create urban-scale outdoor rooms and inspired by the arc of the Mississippi in this part of The Crescent City.
The new design transforms the obsolete office building using opulent five star finishes and amenities. However, more than just a new luxury building, a cornerstone of the development features public attractions: converting the roof-top cupola into a cultural celebration of Louisiana’s heritage; a panoramic observation deck; extensive landscaped paths and gardens, outdoor dining venues and a new ferry terminal.
This project should make the people of New Orleans proud as it returns this unmistakable part of our skyline back into commerce. 2 Canal Street will once again be a world-class space for a world-class city.Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor, New Orleans