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Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market

New Orleans, Louisiana

Team

Kronberg Wall, Architect

Project Description

Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield wanted the new home of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to be a performance space for jazz artists and a community educational space. The architect transformed a derelict market, creating a gracious lobby and a 350 seat auditorium with a mezzanine-level bar and education/warm-up room. The client set clear priorities for the building, focusing on excellent natural acoustics in the auditorium and taking a relaxed attitude towards isolation and background noise. KA used curving reflectors clad in salvaged wood to create a warm, clear performance space, loud and exciting but free of harshness. A high quality audio system allows amplification of vocals and subtle enhancement of piano and bass. Sliding panels allow the free flow of sound and audience from auditorium to lobby, where a jazz archive and bar attract visitors throughout the day.

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