Melding a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, to create public spaces that promote health, happiness, and well-being.
- Places of encounter:
We believe in cities, we believe in community and we like to design restaurants that become places of encounter, places that build communities, places where people can bike and walk to and say hello to their neighbors on their way there. Atlanta, New Orleans and other cities in the southeast are full of culture and our mission is to translate this culture into architecture and placemaking. We design places that strengthen the city’s public realm and urban patterns, places that activate neighborhood centers and that promote walkable mixed use environments. Our projects are challenging, our sites even more, but we design creative solutions that comply with city requirements and make projects efficient and affordable. We create places for people to stay, to linger and come back again and again.
Urban In-Fill Housing
- In-Fill Housing:
New Orleans, Atlanta and other cities in the Southeast are becoming more urbanized and the demand for housing is becoming more critical. New Orleans is one of those cities that is rich in culture and where historic neighborhoods are reinventing themselves. Kronberg Wall has collaborated with the Redmellon Redevelopment and New Orleans Redevelopment Agency (NORA) for the last three years in the renovation of more one hundred units in historic neighborhoods. In the last two years, twenty six historic houses were renovated with a combination of historic preservation credits and low income housing credits. Only a handful of these houses were in moderate conditions, most of them were in very deplorable condition. Our role as architects was not limited to design and preserve the historic structures but also to navigate the difficult path of Low Income Housing tax credits, Enterprise Green Communities sustainability requirements, Energy Star requirements, Uniform Federal Accessibility Code, Local Historic Board requirements, and National Park Service requirements. This project in collaboration with Redmellon has been awarded the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, granted to projects that have given new life to their communities through preservation. Our work in the neighborhoods of Treme, Seventh Ward and Central City have helped achieve blight elimination, one home at a time, by reinvigorating dense neighborhoods that preserve their culture instead of mega blocks of social housing that have historically failed in most urban centers.
Old structures with interesting histories give neighborhoods character and teach us about their past. Our mission is to make these (sometimes dilapidated) warehouses a focal point of their neighborhoods, implementing development strategies that are highly responsive to its context. We have transformed the life of these old structures into tech offices, mixed-use spaces and performing centers like the New Orleans Jazz Market. Most sites present atypical zoning conditions and community engagement to get entitlement/zoning approvals for unusual sites/buildings is crucial. As architects, planners and developers we find the triple win to complete these projects- win for the client in getting the program and design that responds to their needs, win for the community in creating a redevelopment that will positively give back to the built environment, and a win for the city promoting smart growth land use patterns. Adaptive reuse is a great way to honor the past while meeting the needs of the present.