remson|haley|herpin architects, baton rouge
Our judges roundly praised this mixed-use building as a truly urban insertion and a shining precedent for a downtown undergoing a renaissance. “It’s an exquisite urban connection that understands the scale of the city,” said one panel member. The first ground-up residential project in downtown Baton Rouge in more than 40 years, OneEleven fluently references buildings in both directions—the massive Shaw Center for the Arts behind it and the pedestrian-scale street in front.
Tucked alongside a welcoming alley that runs back to the arts center entrance, OneEleven echoes the larger building’s materials—glass, steel, and stucco—but assembles them in human dimensions. The glistening façade matches the massing, height, and color of the arts center’s black box theater across the alley, but is perforated with slotted openings and animated with glass balconies. Stepped back on top are opaque glass penthouses and a steel trellis, loosely borrowed from the Shaw Center’s rooftop sushi restaurant.
“That popular restaurant was the first opportunity residents had to take advantage of river views,” says Chris G. Remson, AIA, LEED AP, “so its shade structure has become somewhat iconic.” Commercial services occupy the ground floor; above, light-filled flats and split-level lofts attract tenants who are sure to energize Baton Rouge’s burgeoning street life.
principal in charge: Chris G. Remson, AIA, LEED AP, Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects, www.rhharchitects.com
project architect: Clarke Gernon Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects
project assistant: Kevin Alford, Assoc. AIA, Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects
developer: Michael R. Lang, Commercial Properties Realty Trust, Baton Rouge, La.
general contractor: Scott Rowe, White–Spunner Construction, Mobile, Ala., www.white-spunner.com
structural engineer: Gary W. Fenner, P.E., Fenner Consulting, Shreveport, La.
mechanical engineer: Henry C. Eyre Jr., P.E., Henry C. Eyre Jr., P.E. Inc., Baton Rouge
electrical engineer: Tim G. Verkaik, Daniel T. Calongne & Associates, Baton Rouge
project size: 716 square feet to 1,125 square feet per unit
site size: Approximately 0.17 acre
construction cost: $252 per square foot
rental price: $1,350 to $2,400 per unit per month
units in project: 12
photography: Will Crocker
bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Republic Industries www.republicind.com; bathroom fittings and fixtures, kitchen fittings: American Standard www.americanstandard-us.com; dishwasher, garbage disposer, oven/range, refrigerator: GE Consumer & Industrial www.ge.com; doors: Marshfield DoorSystems www.marshfielddoors.com; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Dal-Tile Corp. www.daltile.com; flooring (wood): Hakwood USA www.hakwood.com; hardware: Yale Residential Security Products www.yalelock.com; hvac equipment: Trane www.trane.com; insulation: Owens Corning www.owenscorning.com; kitchen fixtures: Elkay USA www.elkay.com; lighting fixtures: Cooper Lighting (Halo) www.haloltg.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: The Sherwin-Williams Co. www.sherwin-williams.com; roofing: North American Roofing Services www.naroofing.com; vent hood: Euro-Kitchen (SPAGNA VETRO) www.euro-kitchen.com; windows: Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. www.archaluminum.net, PPG Industries (Sungate) corporateportal.ppg.com/NA/Glass/ResidentialGlass