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Adjaye adds to New Orleans masterplan

Adjaye/Associates has been appointed to draw-up plans for a chapel as part of a $300 million (£150 million) redevelopment on the banks of the River Mississippi in New Orleans, USA.

The London-based practice is part of a five-strong architectural team – led by New Orleans-based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple – appointed by public development corporation the New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC) to design a 9km stretch of development along the east bank of the river.

Working alongside US practices Chan Krieger Sieniewicz and Michael Maltzan Architecture, and landscape architect Hargreaves Associates – which also has a London office – Adjaye has been tasked with designing a new chapel for the scheme.

According to the NOBC, the chapel will bring ‘an intriguing set of life experiences to a city influenced by West African culture and craftsmanship’.

In addition to the chapel and a riverfront amphitheatre by Los Angeles-based Maltzan, the scheme will also include cruise-ship terminals, educational institutions and an arts centre, as well as more than 30ha of open spaces.

When the scheme is completed in 2016, the NOBC estimates that around $3.6 billion (£1.8 billion) in new private investment will be generated for the city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The appointment is Adjaye’s second New Orleans project in the last six months. Last December the practice unveiled designs for flood-proof homes as part of a regeneration project part-funded by Hollywood star Brad Pitt (AJ online 05.12.07).

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