Wisznia Thinks That Architecture Is A Good Idea
WISZNIA ARCHITECTURE has been practicing the art of making beautiful spaces for two generations. With offices in two historic cities, New Orleans and Corpus Christi, we have a love for making modern buildings that find a perfect balance in chronicled places.
The word architect means “master builder.” And while Wisznia certainly knows how to build, we also know what to build, and why. We listen to our clients, understand their needs, and end up providing so much more―often taking into consideration lots of factors that our clients hadn’t even dreamed of, both functional and artful. The little details that make the difference. Once our clients experience the finished product, they can’t imagine living or working any other way.
Recently, Wisznia decided that though we have many wonderful clients―forward-thinking cities, states, corporations and retail establishments—it was time to take our years of experience and become our own clients. We began designing buildings and renovations for ourselves, resulting in a series of residential developments unlike anything New Orleans has seen. You could call them apartments, but take a look here and decide for yourself. We suspect it’s thinking like architects, not developers, that makes the difference.
These Are Some of Our Projects:
Style, sustainability, and unsurpassed access converge in The Garage, a new breed of condominium located in the Arts District of Downtown New Orleans. Crafted out of a 1950s multi-story Buick Dealership, The Garage complements the style of yesterday’s car culture with today’s cutting-edge design, adapting a unique historic structure into a one-of-a-kind luxury condominium project that offers amenities unrivaled elsewhere in the City. Create flexible living spaces with the sleek, translucent panelized “garage doors” found within each unit to open up the bedroom to the living room. Enjoy convenience unprecedented in a New Orleans urban residence through the Garage’s dual vehicle elevators that allow residents to park on the same floor as their units. The Garage is eco-friendly and will boast one an impressive rooftop solar array that will generate approximately 65% of the unit’s energy needs. The project is currently in the pre-construction phase with anticipated completion in the spring of 2011.
Jefferson Parish Center for the Performing Arts
The design of this 21st century Theater space for Jefferson Parish (a suburb of New Orleans) was based on the idea of augmenting the quality of life and culture of the Community. Originally conceived as part of a multi-purpose Master Plan we developed for LaSalle Park, adjacent to Zephyrs Stadium (a minor league baseball stadium), the Theater is meant to be a beacon for the Community. The inclusion of a black-box theater allowed for smaller and alternative uses while the main theater space was designed for 1050 seats in a state of the art facility.
The commission for this Chapel originated with the merging of two historic Synagogues and the aspiration to commemorate the union through the construction of a new sacred and more intimate chapel space for daily prayer and religious practice. The resulting modern organic solution stands separately but is integrated within the context of the existing 1950’s ranch-style structure. Inspired by resilient Judaic forms, the Torah scroll and the Western Wall (relic of the 2nd Great Temple in Jerusalem) are referenced and are arranged to delineate space. Light filters into the Chapel where elements intersect, washing the monolithic Jerusalem stone wall which houses the west facing Ark (receptacle for the Torah scrolls). Faceted colored glass openings puncture the curving southern wall. An oak paneled ceiling of equilateral triangles conceals regulating lines and subtle references to the Star of David. The foyer houses memorial boards moved from the original synagogue, giving pause to the congregant’s ancestry.