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PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

Running parallel to Freret Street, Tulane University’s Percival Stern Hall spreads itself across the school’s main axis of movement, and would cut off unbroken travel but for a large breezeway allowing unhindered traffic flow.  With usable covered space of 6240 square feet and overall height  of 16’-4”, the large open area was chosen as the site of a coffee shop for PJ’s Coffee Company, and proved an ideal place for a small installation piece of architecture.

Arrangement of the shop within the space was governed by utilization of the breezeway:  A constant flow of pedestrians, bikers and wind moves along an east-west route, mainly in the southern portion of the space.  This installation anchors itself between the four existing columns of Percival Stern [only directly touching two of them], slightly more to the north. This preserves the generous thru-way, while the light materials make an elegant contrast to the imposing structure of the existing building.  The physical separation of the new and old structures emphasizes the transitory nature of the architecture. 

The south facade is the public edge and presents itself as a full height glass storefront curving between [but not touching] the columns, maintaining and respecting the physical element of movement that characterizes the space.  Interior and exterior are connected visually, and linear staging of the shop ensures that movement within the building will emulate that of the outside.  Translucent glass on the north façade provides privacy for the office and storage areas of the program.

Total dimensions
952 sq ft (Area)
Location
New Orleans, LA
Total cost
$330,000
  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:   by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    Site Plan + South Elevation

    The existing mass of Percival Stern Hall lifts from the ground to form the breezeway under which the new coffee shop is situated.  The juxtaposition of the existing and new architecture is striking and complementary. Main traffic flow through the breezeway is along the bottom of the space, so the coffee shop responds to that pattern of movement in plan, elevation and Materials.

    The public façade is a storefront glass system that does not reach the ceiling of the existing building.  Movement through the building is in concert with movement without.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:   by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    Public space is along the curving glass wall.

    Private space is tucked between two columns of Percival Stern Hall, concealed from view.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    A view through Percival Stern breezeway looking toward the campus quad from Freret Street.

    In a bold configuration, steel frame entry doors break the smooth glass plane to mark the entry.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    View toward the St. Charles side of campus, from Freret Street.  The building curves through the existing structure of it’s surroundings.  The heavy existing building is offset by the delicacy of the new glass + steel structure.

    The continuous flow of traffic through the breezeway is complemented by the motion of the building, as well as by the inhabitation of the public interior space, where long queues form parallel to the movement without.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    View from the rear façade of the project from Freret Street, looking toward the main traffic thoroughfare running past the glass wall. Metal panels and translucent glass delineate private areas of the program from the obvious glass-enclosed public space.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    Glass walls at either end ensure unobstructed views through the length of the building.

    Zinc panels contrast the transparency and movement of the glass walls.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    The rear elevation’s composition of translucent glass and aluminum complement the peaceful seating area that is shielded from the main breezeway by the mass of the building.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    Two steel frame glass pivoting doors provide access to the building and reinforce the curve and flow of the continuous glass wall.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    Interior:

    The metal paneling on the exterior is brought inside to enhance the idea of the project as a slice through the open space beneath Percival Stern Hall.  Custom built Finply counter and cabinets bring a warmth to the interior, while the glass effectively dissolves the ends of the project.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

  • PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans:  Gastronomy by studioWTA

    PJ's Coffee Company, Tulane University, New Orleans

    Interior:

    Looking through building toward Freret Street, showing public services and transparent quality of space.

    Photographs by Tracie Ashe, Wayne Troyer.

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