The Jung Hotel Renovation

The historic Jung Hotel, designed by the prominent Louisiana firm of Weiss and Dreyfous, opened its doors in 1925 and closed them in August 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. The building fronts on Canal Street in between the Central Business District and the new VA and LSU hospital complexes at the back edge of downtown New Orleans and is poised to become a part of the emerging New Orleans Bio District. The Jung once was known as the largest convention hotel in the South. The building played host to Carnival balls, high school proms and a 1964 appearance by President Lyndon Johnson. In its prime, the hotel amassed 759 rooms.

The renovation of the 17-story hotel will include 145 hotel suites, 175 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail space, along with two restaurants and bars, three rooftop spaces, a spacious ballroom and a refurbished rooftop pool.

Location
New Orleans, Louisiana

Status
Ongoing

Size
450,000 SF

Project Team
Trey Trahan, Brad McWhirter, Kim Nguyen, Christian Rodriguez, Sarah Cancienne, Conner Bryan, Yichen Lee, Charles Weimer

Collaborators
Uzun + Case, Jensen Hughes, Lerch Bates, Lauren Bombet Interiors, McDonnell Group, MCC

Tags
Hospitality , Atmosphere

Immense investment in the new hospital complex nearby has anchored the rejuvenation of the neighborhood, catalyzing the redevelopment of the blighted hotel into a mixed use complex containing retail, apartments and an extended stay hotel to meet the needs of its reinvented context.

The design strategy maintains the historically significant double-loaded corridor, while introducing a new parceling in the plan to create much larger units in line with the new program. The insertion of floating “boxes” to contain all appliances, fixtures, and storage maximizes volume and natural light in each unit while separate living and bedroom areas within the units.

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