Bancroft Drive

BANCROFT DRIVE

Use: Residential
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 6,000 SF
Category: Architecture, Interior Design
Through spatial manipulation via sectioning and carving, NANO reimagined the Bancroft Residence, creating both a clever response to Post-Katrina living in New Orleans and a thoughtful environmental renovation through the elimination of wasted space. Originally 9,000 square feet, the home was reduced to 6,000 square feet by rezoning the space while raising the most heavily used areas of the house. This allowed for optimal viewing of Bayou St. John, along which the house is situated, and a reduction in energy costs through a consolidation of space.

CBD Home

CBD HOME

Use: Residential
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 2,500 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design
The former home of Emeril’s Homebase was purchased by clients who wished to renovate the ground floor and construct a garage at the rear of the site. Having recently moved to the Central Business District (CBD) area, and beginning to have thoughts of starting a family, they were enthralled with the idea of having a grassy backyard hidden among the brick and concrete that surrounded them.

NANO designed a garage which is separated from the rear wall of the building, allowing light to get into the new first floor bedroom, and covered the roof with greenery that can be accessed immediately upon exiting the building on the second floor. Additional green walls climb the surrounding brick surfaces, creating a garden retreat in the heart of the urban environment.

Through the development and analysis of sun studies, as well as private and public exterior space program needs, the design resolved to an “elevated backyard” with a courtyard and garage on the first floor.

The courtyard is flanked by a cantilevered stair and garage on one side, with a protruding storefront on the other side. The “elevated backyard” has integrated plant beds, benches and split levels for seating and play areas. There is a sun trellis with lights and fans for comfort. The defining detail of this project is this is resolution of all the client’s needs within the program, and providing the only single privately owned property in the CBD that has a backyard.

Harding Drive

HARDING DRIVE

Use: Commercial
Location: Luling, LA
Size: 1,200 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design
The renovation transformation was successful in taking a 90 year old home into the 21st century. All services were updated, public spaces were enlarged by the stair rotation, while maintaining an architectural aesthetic conducive to the neighborhood and the needs of the owner.

Southwest Pass Station

SOUTHWEST PASS STATION

Use: Residential & Commercial
Location: Southwest Pass, Mississippi River
Size: 18,500 SF
Category: Architecture
One of NANO’s more unique projects involved researching, selecting and detailing a new exterior cladding system and roof for the Associated Branch Pilots’ Southwest Pass Station and generator building that could withstand the harsh marine conditions and 180 mph wind loads, replace and enhance the insulation value, decrease air and vapor seepage all while maintaining weight and structural limitations.

Renovating unique structures has become commonplace for NANO, prompting the development creative solutions. Working with a fiberglass reinforced panel (FRP) manufacturer, The A/E team selected a 3” pre-insulated system, incorporating custom detailing, sealing and shapes for a complete envelope system. Vertical baton strips assure weather proofing while adding articulation. Stainless steel connectors and flashings were utilized throughout. Roof panels were topped with a Fiberseal membrane. This is the first use of the Durashield system on a residential facility.

Two years after completion, it has withstood several tropical/hurricane events without incident, and achieved a 30% increase in efficiency. ** This project won the Excellence In Sustainability Honorable Mention from USGBC Louisiana at the 2018 AIA New Orleans Design Awards**

700 Baronne

700 BARONNE

Use: Apartments & Commercial
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 12,600 SF
Category: Architecture
700 Baronne Street was originally constructed in the early 1900s as home to the New Orleans Paint Company and the Valspar Paint Company. The structure is a four story load bearing masonry building with a primary structure of heavy timber, a 4 inch thick slab, and tongue and groove flooring. Most notably, the 3rd floor incorporates an inverted metal truss support system that would be required to be kept in the project as per the direction of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

For its intended use, the owner wished to create apartments on the upper floors and a commercial space on the ground floor, which would include an historic mezzanine level. Two major hurdles had to be overcome. First, the owner was adamant about a roof top addition. Second, due to the long narrow nature of the site, a second means of egress, as typically required per code, would make the project financially infeasible.

Working with the HDLC and SHPO offices, NANO developed a penthouse scheme, inclusive of computer 3D renderings and contractor provided mock ups to assure that the penthouse would not negatively impact the historic relevance of the building. NANO further developed an enhanced life safety strategy and worked with the New Orleans Board of Building Safety and Appeals (BBSA) to meet the needs of the owner while maintaining a safe facility.

Camp Street

CAMP STREET

Use: Residential
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 800 SF
Category: Architecture
The Camp Street Residence began as a simple deck, and evolved into a second floor addition to house a new master suite which would include a bedroom, bathroom, and closet. The design reduced massing of the addition to its purest form, continuing the lines of the existing roof and removing the ceiling to create a single space with maximum height. Dividing the building in two, the design situates the master bedroom on one side with the master bath and balcony on the other and incorporates large windows in the master bedroom to capitalize on the northern light.

Octavia Street

OCTAVIA STREET

Use: Residential
Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 600 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design

The program consisted of a 600 square foot expansion of the master suite to include a walk in closet, changing area and master bathroom. All custom cabinetry is built in and faced with cedar and sand blasted glass with stainless steel connections. A monochromatic color palette was adopted, allowing the cabinetry to become the defining feature of the space. Design of the cabinetry was driven by the need to maximize storage space while maintaining access to natural lighting. The cabinet heights are staggered according to sight lines across the room and views outward, generating a landscape that fills the space without blocking natural light sources

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.

Plater Drive

PLATER DRIVE

Use: Residential
Location: Thibodeaux, LA
Size: 3,300 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design
Located in Thibodeaux, Louisiana, the residence was originally constructed in the 1950’s. The clients wanted to design an addition that would complement the house while maintaining the overall architectural strategy and materials of the original structure. NANO adopted a strategy focused on maximizing northern light and wrapping programmatic components around the proposed pool, one of the elements to be included in the renovation. Using a combination of wood and steel construction, all living areas were opened up as much as possible, and a cantilevered steel overhang was introduced to protect the interior spaces from midday sun.