ATHLETIQUE

ATHLETIQUE

Use: Retail
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Size: 1,500 SF
Category: Interior Design & Furniture
This high end women’s clothing store was designed with a central focus on flexibility – the ability to change the retail floor six times a year was crucial. The design strategy was intended to mirror the merchandise on display. As a retailer of athletic wear, the client wanted the store to emulate an “active” lifestyle and be able to transform with each new season and the size of the designers’ collections. To achieve this, NANO employed a series of moveable metal screens to divide the retail area into discrete but permeable zones that can be separated or joined together as desired. The perforated metal screens support shelving and merchandise displays while still permitting visual access through the space. NANO also designed and hand-built the custom cash wrap.

GNO Inc

GNO INC

Use: Offices
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 10,000 SF
Category: Interior Design, Furniture
Located on the 34th floor of the Energy Centre, the tenant fit out for the offices of Greater New Orleans Inc. was one our favorite types of challenges.

How to make an independent business and its brand stand out and above, in the glass and steel homogeny of a city center high rise?

The primary objective in the design of the offices was to emphasize the non-profit’s role as the conduit for incoming businesses into Southeast Louisiana. The use of private/public space delineation provided the opportunity to use the public spaces as part of the border of the “Conduit Threshold,” which was incorporated throughout the space using various methods, including a custom-built feature wall and reception desk, local material selection and regional graphic design.

The office includes an 80 person board room outfitted with movable tables and chairs to maximize the space for various uses including board meetings, training sessions, and networking events. The Brainstorming conference room has vibrantly painted walls, a sofa and sitting ball to encourage thinking “outside the box.” The Prospect conference room is more formal with a neutral color scheme, white boards and a view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The ten private offices on the outer perimeter of the space have floor to ceiling glass walls to allow natural light to filter through to the open work space in the center of the office suite.

At the 34th floor’s lobby is a custom feature wall that was designed and built by NANO, directing visitors to public meeting spaces. An abstraction of the geographical area that GNO Inc. serves, the sign is a mapping of the ten parishes/counties. Installed at the entry, it beckons, by a series of repeated manipulations to create an entry sequence, tying to the geometries of the reception desk, and directly linked to purpose and people of the organization.

With GNO Inc.’s move to the Energy Centre, and incorporation of the large, public board room, they created a “business axis” in which City Hall, the Superdome, Smoothie King Center, Warehouse Revitalization Area and GNO Inc. office are all located within three blocks of each other.

This creates an immediate adjacency for many major services that are required for any new business development.

River Residence

RIVER RESIDENCE

Use: Residential
Location: Covington, LA
Size: 3,100 SF
Category: Architecture
The clients came to NANO looking to construct a new home on their 5 acre lot of land along the Bogue Falaya River, however they wanted to keep a portion of the existing house and have the new construction be of a similar language. Additionally, the clients wanted the home to provide views of the river to the east. What emerged was a three bar design that features the main entry and kitchen as an extension of the remaining portion of the original house and two bars that split to extend north and south creating a second floor and master bedroom that allow views of the river beyond. By extending the second floor, NANO provided the clients with a covered outdoor space as well as a double height living area that looks out to the river.

Napoleon Avenue

NAPOLEON AVENUE

Use: Residential
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 1,500 SF
Category: Architecture, Interior Design & Furniture
This project was driven by the client’s desire for a uniform aesthetic throughout the house and the inclusion of state of the art audio visual equipment. These directives, coupled with the client’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, led NANO to envision the space as a gallery wherein the furniture and AV equipment would be built into a “thickened wall” condition of cabinetry. The design of this cabinetry aims to de-emphasize the television and associated equipment, allowing the artwork to become the focal point. In addition to the built-in furnishings, NANO was commissioned to design custom chairs and tables for the residence.

Apolline

APOLLINE

Use: Restaurant
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 2,600 SF
Category: Architecture, Interior Design & Furniture
Now known as Apolline, NANO worked on the restaurant when it was called Dominique’s. A great deal of care was taken in restoring elements original to this building while introducing contemporary elements within the building. The exterior of the building was returned to its original condition which necessitated the repair of the exterior cypress shutters and the hand tooled architectural trim work. The integration of existing antique architectural elements in the individual public spaces, juxtaposed with the creation of a “thickened wall condition” create framed access points to the bar and private dining areas. The thickened wall condition allows for a more defined entrance into the two smaller spaces, while creating a balanced envelope of modernity. Hidden cabinetry surrounding the bar was custom designed and built by NANO.

1060 ST. CHARLES AVENUE

1060 ST. CHARLES AVENUE

Use: Mixed-Use
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 78,300 SF
Category: Architecture

Currently in very early design stages, this 10-story building is set to include retail on the first floor and condos or hotel rooms in the floors above. Sited on historic St. Charles Avenue, it offers quick easy access to the CBD, Uptown, I-10 and streetcar. Located one block from Lee Circle, the Mardi Gras parades will go right by the front of the building. Glass-enclosed balconies speak of clean, sleek, and modern design, while the brick facade references a more historic era and allows the building to seamlessly blend into the existing fabric of the neighborhood.

RIVER HIGHLANDS

RIVER HIGHLANDS

Use: Institutional
Location: Covington, LA
Size: 83,500 SF
Category: Architecture

Situated in Covington, LA, the River Highlands assisted living and memory care facility will have 60 assisted living residences, 10 developing memory care residences and 10 long term residences. Amenities will include a gorgeous atrium and reception area, fitness center, library, chapel, salon and dining areas.


FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS

FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS

2019 IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards
Use: Offices
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 10,500 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design
Festival Productions, the company that produces Jazz Fest and Bayou Country Super Fest, selected NANO LLC to design and reinvent their offices when they moved to the 22nd floor of One Canal Place. Originally located in an historic building in the CBD for over 25 years, they were ready for a change and new identity including easy access for talent to visit, employees to work, and temporary workers to be interviewed.

After extensive programming, NANO created a space that was versatile, unique in fixtures and colors, with an emphasis on community spaces – in particular the kitchen bar area. Festival Productions wanted an all-glass conference room as well as front entry with warm tones of wood and rich colors to define their communal spaces. Offices bank the perimeter of the space with storefront glazing on all of the offices for natural light to permeate through to the employees in the central open office work spaces.

Human Resources and the talent office are set back from the reception are with a private entry for musicians and artists. The center of the space is the kitchen and bar area for all to congregate at during different times of the day. The furniture in this area is more residential, providing a more natural and soothing environment for the employees due to the times of their work and the stress that comes along with producing festivals and deadline-based projects.

Customized architectural features, combined with an open and closed office plan assisted in natural day lighting, setting the hierarchy of spaces, and integrating temporary employees. Minimally select finishes of bare concrete and glass kept costs low, while also giving the space a clean, modern feel.

NANO revitalized their space and created a place for this company to thrive for the next quarter century.