National Jazz Center

The conceptual design for the National Jazz Center was the result of a collaboration between Thom Mayne, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Manning Architects The center would include a 20,000-square foot performance center with seating for up to 1,000 guests; a 300-seat black-box theatre; 70,000-square foot amphitheater with lawn seating; 60,000-square foot children’s education center; rehearsal studios and a much needed archive for jazz research.

The complex will reestablish a once-prominent area for jazz and act as a hub for the existing, yet shuffled, local music industry. By drawing international and domestic tourists to the heart of downtown New Orleans, it can provide a stable source of revenue for the hospitality industry. The project would create 6,500 permanent jobs and have a $6 billion economic impact over 20 years after its inception.

client/owner:

Undisclosed
New Orleans, LA

completion:

$75 million
2006

our role:

Local architect of record, local liaison to public and private stakeholders