ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
 
ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
may 08, 2014

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
all images courtesy of ray croft

 

 

 

architectural designer ray croft has proposed transforming the abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans into an ecological network of community spaces. the existing ruin is located at the end of the bywater neighborhood, where the mississippi river meets an industrial canal, and the project sees the reconnection of this historical site with the city.

 

carving away large areas of the derelict concrete structure, the development reclaims the site by weaving native landscaping around it, enabling a direct access to both the river and canal. the contaminated naval barracks require plant species to actively restore the toxic soil, creating a new relationship between the built form and its surrounding environment.

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
collage rendering of post world war in new orleans

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
rendering of the native ecological park intervention

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
rendering of the new farmers market

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
rendering of the artist studio pods placed within existing barracks

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
night rendering illustrating new housing development positioned above the ecological garden

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
section perspective drawing showing the new and existing conditions

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
drawing of the existing site

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
drawing of the proposed subtraction from the concrete structure

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
the proposed programmatic elements

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
axonometric landscape drawing

 

ray croft carves out abandoned US naval barracks in new orleans
ground level and upper level floor plans

 

 

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  • While designer’s info is off — the site is not a ruin, was never a “barracks” — glad to see this energy being applied to the Poland Avenue Navy base (local name for the place). Development plans have been in the works for more than 10 years. As always, the sticking point is money. Maybe you have some to apply?

    Harriet Swift says:
  • I am constantly bothered by the text that designboom employs to describe proposals; especially computer rendered proposals or day dreams.
    I am speaking of the phrases that appear, similar to the one above stating, “Ray Croft Carves out abandoned US Naval Barracks in New Orleans.”
    No one has carved out anything. No action has been taken.
    That this is nothing against Ray Croft but in protest of the language that is repeatedly used in Designboom’s texts.
    Thanks.

    Ron Smith says:

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