Village de Jardin

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Owner

State of Louisiana

Completion Date

2012

Awards

2014 AIA New Orleans Honor Award

2013 AIA Gulf States Region Merit Award

2013 AIA Louisiana Merit Award

2012 AIA Baton Rouge Rose Merit Award

2012 AIA Baton Rouge Rose People’s Choice Award

A new senior housing community for the Louisiana Housing Finance Authority, was developed for individuals 55 years and older. The traditional neighborhood concept was utilized to offer services and supportive housing which enables residents to live well and age in place. The total development is 11.4 acres in size with a total of 224 living units. The main street allows for a pedestrian friendly environment and activates the street edge through the service components located in the Mixed-Use complex. The design offers diversity by providing multiple building types that range from single family homes to small and large apartment buildings. All of which utilize different methods of solar shading such as deep overhangs, building orientation, and porches and balconies screened with wood slats. The building types on the site allowed for increased density while maintaining an abundance of public green space and community gardens. Some gardens are placed on elevated plinths’ to aid the elderly. This resulted from the need to modify the existing site grade elevation to the current adjusted base flood elevation. A simple palette of materials was carried out through the development, which consisted of fiber cement siding, stucco, and wood.