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New Orleans, LA
546 Carondelet Partners, LLC
Completed in 2018
EskewDumezRipple+ / Impetus Design-Build MEP
The highest level of expertise.
When you step into Maison de la Luz, you feel “it.” It’s something indescribable—exclusive, alive, and serene all at the same time. It’s another world. To bring it to life, Domain Companies called on Impetus to lead and carry out Atelier Ace’s luxury boutique hotel concept in a former city hall annex. This luxurious 55,000 sq.ft., 67-room boutique hideaway would contrast with its lively neighboring sister, Ace Hotel, but involve the same meticulous attention to detail. Maison de la Luz was planned as a new elevated stay and experience, requiring an aggressive schedule, proactive communication, and intense collaboration with the designers, the architect, and the owner. It required the highest level of expertise, craftsmanship, and detail; all to enhance the historic renovation within a 12-month schedule—or, as we like to call it, a welcomed challenge.
Unraveling a building.
Within this once office-filled historic building, a newly constructed French-inspired hotel was about to come to life. But unraveling a building that hadn’t seen an update in decades comes with the unexpected. As demolition reached its end and walls were beginning to be laid out, the Impetus team discovered that the column grids and floor plates varied from floor to floor. A challenge like this can upend some projects. For the Impetus team, it was another opportunity for growth. We worked with the architect to shift the drawings while maintaining progress. Major historical work included repair, repainting, and revitalization of the exterior facade. To reuse the unique character of the lobby, we refurbished the two grand staircases and updated the elevators. And the existing checkerboard floor was an instant statement that bolstered the atmosphere of the building’s new chapter.