Elements and Features
Like a painting, the ash-wood and steel staircase anchors The Shop. Equally important, however, are the surrounding elements and features. The space is organized with private offices located along the perimeter. The offices vary in size to accommodate fulltime tenant needs. (The Shop houses fulltime tenants with permanent space, in addition to its coworking space.) Windows between offices provide additional light and create a sense of an open plan while maintaining privacy and security. Additionally, shared amenities like the conference rooms and copy/print center are centrally located, thus alleviating wayfinding concerns. Eclectic graphic wallpaper, light fixtures, furniture and rugs were selected to reinforce the varied nature of the changing media on display in the galleries below.
The heart of The Shop is The Commons, an area on the third floor designed to facilitate conversation and connection. It boasts a full kitchen, beer and cold-brew coffee taps, and communal and recreational space. Comfortable lounge furniture was sourced from a variety of vendors and paired with vintage pieces to bring a living-room sensibility to an office setting. Hot desks that allow multiple workers to use the same workspace at different times and fixed banquettes accommodate diverse types of work. Lighting was organized to delineate a wide variety of seating experiences, in addition to accenting key features, like custom murals that were commissioned throughout the space. Local and national artists were brought in to adorn the walls with the goal of connecting the coworking tenants with the art community. Phone booths were placed on both floors and allow for private conversations and quiet workspace. Some phone booths feature countertops while others have lounge seats. [Editor’s Note: Learn more about the trend of installing phone booths into open office designs in “Trend Alert”.] Decorative sconces and graphic wallpaper create a welcoming, intimate atmosphere.
All these elements merge together to create what is holistically a unified endeavor in support of New Orleans’ community. Diverse tenants now occupy the space, including several independent non-profits, an interior designer, law offices and artists. Residency at The Shop also offers users full membership to the CAC, which CAC representatives report they are keen to enjoy. In only a short time since opening, The Shop achieved its target goal of 100 percent occupancy.
Designed to facilitate conversation and connection, The Shop offers small businesses, entrepreneurs, and arts-based professionals the resources they require to grow and flourish. As CAC representatives hoped, The Shop has been a resounding success.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans
- Steve Dumez, FAIA
- Jose Alvarez, AIA, LEED AP
- Hussein Alayyan, LEED AP BD+C
- Jill Traylor-Mayo, NCIDQ
- Emily Heausler, IIDA
- Andy Redmon, LEED AP
DEVELOPER: Domain Cos., New Orleans, (504) 304-0014
MEP ENGINEER: YKM Consulting LLC, Metairie, La.
CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: PACE Group LLC, New Orleans
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Palmisano Group, New Orleans
CABINETWORK, CUSTOM WOODWORK AND FIXED SEATING: Construct: Custom Architectural Fabrications LLC, New Orleans
EIFS, ACM Cladding: Amerimix
Moisture Barrier: Sto Corp.
Storefront and Sliding Doors: Kawneer
Autoclaved Aerated Concrete: Hebel
Built-up Roofing: Soprema
Ipe Deck: Advantage Lumber
Metal-frame Windows: Wausau Window and Wall Systems
Skylights: Birdview Skylights
Entrances: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Metal and Wood Doors and Exit Devices: ASSA ABLOY
Fire-control Doors, Security Grilles: Won-Door
Special Doors: Modernfold Inc.
Upswinging and Bifold Doors: P C Henderson
Locksets, Closers and Pulls: Yale
Security Devices: Kisi
Suspension Grid: Suprafine from Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions
Paints and Stains: Benjamin Moore
Plastic Laminate: Laminart
Special Surfacing: Offecct and FilzFelt
Reception Furniture: custom
Chairs: Johanson Design, Global Furniture USA, Sandler, HOWE, Bernhardt, Article, Room and Board, Gus*, Zuo, Andreu World, Nuevo, Grand Rapids Chair Co., Industry West, Hay, Blu Dot, Soho Concept, CB2 and 1stdibs
Exterior Lighting: Bruck Lighting
Dimming System, Lighting Controls: Legrand
Faucets: Sloan and Chicago Faucets
Building Automation System: Siemens
PHOTOS: Neil Alexander