The primary objective in the design of the Greater New Orleans, Inc. 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 colorful walls, a sofa and sitting ball to encourage thinking “outside the box.” The Prospect conference room is slightly more formal with neutral colors, 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. A representation of the physical area that GNO Inc. serves, it is a mapping of the ten parishes/counties composed on the wall by a series of repeated manipulations to create an entry moment.