Warehouse District Offices

Adaptive reuse and new construction of a five-story office building prominently situated in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.


New Orleans, LA

68,000 SF


The International Shipholding Headquarters is a mixed-use renovation and new construction project. The historic two-story 17,260-square-foot masonry warehouse was built in two phases one year apart, in 1900 and 1901.

The restored masonry and timber structure of the warehouse host retail space on the ground floor with a lobby connecting to second floor office space. The new CorTen steel clad 5-story 67,814 SF building infills the vacant lot, where the c.1855 “Iron Warehouse” once stood before it was demolished after Hurricane Katrina, housing ground floor retail, 2 floors of parking and 2 floors of office space. CorTen steel was chosen as the façade material for its warmth in color and texture and appropriateness in a historic industrial neighborhood.

A monumental stair connects the two buildings and provide access to a terrace on the roof of the existing warehouse. Private offices with floor-to-ceiling glass walls are clustered in the center of the floor plan, allowing open office space to flow around the perimeter of the building providing natural daylight to all employees.

A similar rigor, rhythm and simplicity that can be found in the elevations of the surrounding warehouses was applied to the new building to create a contextual yet modern design.

Recognition for Warehouse District Offices