Wyndham La Belle Maison Vacation Ownership
New Orleans, LA
The exterior image maintains the integrity of the formal language of the existing Franklin Press Building, as well as that of the surrounding Picayune Place District. New construction and renovations serve to accentuate the strong sense of verticality which is present in the high rise architecture at the beginning to the 20th Century in New Orleans and across the nation. An exact replica of the preexisting Franklin Press sign was also erected to resurrect the historicism of the site.
The interior spaces reflect the eclecticism of turn-of-the-century New Orleans Culture while using Crescent City design language to familiarize city visitors with the unique architectural and interior vernacular. Most notably, the interior atrium centerpiece and courtyard pool emulate the Vieux Carre’s numerous and famous interior courtyards which bring a sense of comfort and privacy to an otherwise bustling area.
In addition, modern amenities were added to the program (i.e. a salt water spa, sauna’s, and a contemporary fitness facility) to help visitors get a taste of Big Easy living.
MRAID provided full architectural and interior design services for the renovation of four historical buildings into 134 time share units, located in New Orleans, LA. The program included adding a central atrium, adding multiple floors to the existing structures, and interior parking. Project Team: John Montgomery, Lisa Roth, Kelly Nicklas, Rhonda Smith, Corey Newell, and Jonathan Polk. Completed in 2008.