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Mapping Nine Starchitect-Designed Structures in New Orleans

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New Orleans is a heavy hitter when it comes to the world of architecture with O.G.s like Henry Howard, James Gallier, Jr., and James Freret holding down the fort. Let's not forget about the few new-ish (relatively speaking), not-your-standard New Orleans structures, though, and the starchitects behind the design. There's the world-renowned designer César Pelli on board for the New Orleans International Airport's new terminal with plans to bring ole' MSY to "world class status" (at last!) and a shout-out to the modernists responsible for the beloved Superdome. From Frank "don't call me a starchitect" Gehry's Make It Right house in the Lower Ninth Ward to architect Ammar Eloueini's under-construction, mind-boggling Uptown home, it's all here in this handy little map. Did we skim over your favorite starchitect? Tell us all about it on the tipline or in the comments below.

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1. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

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900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 303-7500
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Starchitect César Pelli, no stranger to airport design with the old TWA wing at JFK in NYC and Ronald Reagan terminal in D.C. under his belt, is on board to fix up our very own MSY to bring it to "world class" status. Co-pilots: Manning Architects, Crescent City Aviation Team, and Leo A. Daly/Atkins on Team Design.

2. J House

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918 Upperline Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Years in the making, architect Ammar Eloueini's Uptown project, known as the "J House" is a twisting steel structure with a diagonal skylight and an exterior of charred cedar planks.
photo: digit-all.net

3. The National WWII Museum

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945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1944
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NYC-based Voorsanger Architects, known for their museum designs around the world, teamed up with local firm Mathes Brierre Architects for the National World War II Museum construction.
photo: National WWII Museum

4. 930 Poydras Luxury Apartments

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930 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 568-0930
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Built by local starchitecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2010, the 21-story mixed-use structure has 250 apartments, a raised courtyard designed to encourage human interaction in a shared space, and there's a glass "sky lobby" that juts out of the facade.
photo: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

5. Piazza D'Italia

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300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Designed by the late postmodern architect Charles Moore and local firm Perez & Associates, this curious public plaza has neon-lit colonnades and a clock tower gateway.
photo: nola.agent/flickr

6. Mercedes-Benz Superdome

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1500 Sugar Bowl Dr
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 587-3663
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Local starchitects Arthur Q. Davis and Nathaniel "Buster" Curtis (RIP) won hundreds of design awards and were known for their modernist style, a New Orleans rarity. They're also the designers of the Superdome, which was the world's largest clear-space steel dome when completed.
photo: lam_chihang/flickr

7. Frank Gehry 'Make It Right' home

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1750 Tennessee Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Frank "don't call me a starchitect" Gehry teamed up with Brad Pitt & Co. post-Katrina for this duplex in the Lower 9th Ward, which was completed in 2012. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans," Gehry said.
photo: Make It Right

8. Shigeru Ban 'Make It Right' Home

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1919 Tennessee Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

International architect Shigeru Ban won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize (a big deal in the world of modern architecture). He's known for his use of cardboard tubing, which was not an influence on this house.
photo: Make It Right

9. Thom Mayne 'Make It Right' Home

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1638 Tennessee Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Architect Thom Mayne of the California-based firm Morphosis designed this "floating house" for Brad Pitt's Make It Right neighborhood.
photo: Make It Right

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1. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

Starchitect César Pelli, no stranger to airport design with the old TWA wing at JFK in NYC and Ronald Reagan terminal in D.C. under his belt, is on board to fix up our very own MSY to bring it to "world class" status. Co-pilots: Manning Architects, Crescent City Aviation Team, and Leo A. Daly/Atkins on Team Design.

900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

2. J House

918 Upperline Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Years in the making, architect Ammar Eloueini's Uptown project, known as the "J House" is a twisting steel structure with a diagonal skylight and an exterior of charred cedar planks.
photo: digit-all.net

918 Upperline Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. The National WWII Museum

945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

NYC-based Voorsanger Architects, known for their museum designs around the world, teamed up with local firm Mathes Brierre Architects for the National World War II Museum construction.
photo: National WWII Museum

945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. 930 Poydras Luxury Apartments

930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Built by local starchitecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2010, the 21-story mixed-use structure has 250 apartments, a raised courtyard designed to encourage human interaction in a shared space, and there's a glass "sky lobby" that juts out of the facade.
photo: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

930 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

5. Piazza D'Italia

300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Designed by the late postmodern architect Charles Moore and local firm Perez & Associates, this curious public plaza has neon-lit colonnades and a clock tower gateway.
photo: nola.agent/flickr

300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, New Orleans, LA 70112

Local starchitects Arthur Q. Davis and Nathaniel "Buster" Curtis (RIP) won hundreds of design awards and were known for their modernist style, a New Orleans rarity. They're also the designers of the Superdome, which was the world's largest clear-space steel dome when completed.
photo: lam_chihang/flickr

1500 Sugar Bowl Dr
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Frank Gehry 'Make It Right' home

1750 Tennessee Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

Frank "don't call me a starchitect" Gehry teamed up with Brad Pitt & Co. post-Katrina for this duplex in the Lower 9th Ward, which was completed in 2012. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans," Gehry said.
photo: Make It Right

1750 Tennessee Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Shigeru Ban 'Make It Right' Home

1919 Tennessee Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

International architect Shigeru Ban won this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize (a big deal in the world of modern architecture). He's known for his use of cardboard tubing, which was not an influence on this house.
photo: Make It Right

1919 Tennessee Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Thom Mayne 'Make It Right' Home

1638 Tennessee Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

Architect Thom Mayne of the California-based firm Morphosis designed this "floating house" for Brad Pitt's Make It Right neighborhood.
photo: Make It Right

1638 Tennessee Street
New Orleans, LA 70117