La Pension Resort

Submitted by SCNZ Architects

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Client: Bluegreen Corporation

Location: New Orleans, LA, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $125,000

Project Team

Architect

Margaret Meyer

SCNZ Architects, LLC

Architect

Richard A. Choate

SCNZ Architects, LLC

Artist

Rachel David

Red Metal

Interior Designer

Ann Borelli Smith

Design Point of View

Client

Timothy Schwering

Bluegreen Corporation

Overview

This project was a complete renovation of an existing, operating resort in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The resort consists of seven existing buildings, six of which are historic properties. The lobby was completely redesigned with a new grand stair and registration desk. 40,000 square footage.

Goals

The goal was to create a dramatic entrance which would transport guests to another time and place. The lobby was designed to invoke the sultry and mysterious qualities of the French Quarter via the rich colors, textures, fabrics and accessories. The four commissioned pieces of hand forged iron art--shrine/front desk, matching canopy, balcony railing and stair rails by local artist Rachel David--are featured in this tableaux and help to create the lush interior. Each of the 67 guest rooms contain hand painted headboards or chairs by local art group, YaYa, and original paintings from local New Orleans artists. Walls in the corridors contain enlarged photographs commissioned by Bluegreen and enlarged to full wall proportions.

Process

Principal Architect, Richard Choate of SCNZ Architects, LLC, as agent for the owner, commissioned local blacksmith artist, Rachel David, of Red Metal, to create the entrance pieces. The organic, botanical forms of the architectural elements mimic the lushness of the region exactly as they were designed and commissioned to do. Bluegreen Corporation and Interior Designer Ann Borrelli Smith commissioned YaYa and several local artists to provide original works of art for the corridors and every guest room.

Additional Information

The use of so many local artist to adorn this property, the pulse and intrigue of New Orleans is woven throughout the property creating a mood and attitude that captures the essence of the neighborhood and City.