930 Poydras Street

930 Poydras Street, in New Orleans, by Eskew Dumez Ripple.

Residents access the ninth floor lobby by elevators from the ground floor (which let out in the red-curtained alcove) and then they must walk through the space to transfer to another bank of elevators to reach the apartments. The circulation path allows for chance interactions with other residents, creating a firmer sense of community in a city unused to high-rise living. Pop colors and exposed concrete surfaces give the interior a modern feel that targets the mainly young tenants, and glass doors lead out to the pool area.

The sky lobby cantilevers out from the main structure and offers views of the Louisiana Superdome, City Hall, and Lake Pontchartrain. Lounge furniture and high-top tables help create a space for informal events.

The sky lobby is not the only lounge space in the complex: The ninth-floor deck features a pool, terraced seating and chaises for sunbathing, and a grilling area for resident use.

Private outdoor space for the two-story townhouses opens out onto the pool deck but is kept separate from public circulation areas by plank fences and tall planters. The view up to the L-shaped residential tower shows the variegated façade: On these habitable levels, there are more glass panels per floor than on the parking levels below. This is in order to admit light into, and city views out of, the apartments.

Inside, the apartments have simple, loftlike floor plans that afford city views from the living spaces and bedrooms. Finishes are spare, consisting of gypsum walls, polished concrete floors, and sliding polycarbonate panels that divide the rooms. About two-thirds of the apartments are one-bedroom units; the others have two bedrooms.

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