• Joan Mitchell Studios
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Joan Mitchell Artists' Studios

The Joan Mitchell Center Artists’ Studio Building is a new construction single-story building of approximately 10,000 sf containing ten light-filled studios, a communal meeting space and a media lab. The studios are the base of the center’s robust Artist in Residence Program providing professional space for artists to work as they experience the local arts community in New Orleans. Adjacent to future artist cottages and the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s offices, it is a major part of the vision for the campus. The project also includes extensive campus-wide site work and infrastructure upgrades.

The studios’ soaring ceiling heights feature clerestory windows and skylights bringing in ample natural light for the artists working in the space. The structure is a combination of structural steel and wood-framed components. Construction began in April 2014 and was completed in July 2015.  A LEED Gold rating is anticipated for the artists’ studio building.

Our Approach

Our version of the exterior façade and site plan of this building provided value to the owner while maintaining the overall vision for the project. Located inside of a site surrounded by residential homes, Palmisano worked through many logistical challenges to ensure neither the work nor the residents were effected by the juxtaposition. This structure itself was a captivating puzzle for our team, comprised of structural steel, wood framing, and metal studs, and included multiple angles associated with the roof structure and clerestory windows. Finding creative ways around these myriad obstacles was a blast.


Client Testimonial

We could not have asked for better professionals to have taken on this project.

“We feel that we were fortunate to have worked on a team with you on the Joan Mitchell Center’s new Artists’ Studio Building. We designed a fairly complex building, consisting of a mix of structural systems with complicated non-orthogonal triangular roof shapes, as well as a complex skin system, and you all made it a reality.  From the beginning, Joey Cardwell (VP), Brad Shannon (PM), and Glen Austin (Site Superintendent) carefully studied the drawings and became as familiar with them as we were. The whole construction process was professionally managed, from paperwork to construction. We could not have asked for better professionals to have taken on this project.

But beyond the beautiful building you helped us create, this was an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It was evident from the first construction meeting there was a team atmosphere. Your group didn’t “take over”. They understood that everyone involved had an interest and felt ownership of the project, and we all had equally important roles to play all the way through. When there were problems, your team always had suggestions and a positive attitude. All suggestions were considered until the best solution was found and implemented.

The Palmisano team brought knowledge, experience, and people skills to the project. Many other architects will enjoy working with you as much as we did, and hopefully we will have a chance to work with you again.”

– Lee Ledbetter, Lee Ledbetter & Associates

Art In America Magazine

Art In America Magazine

“The energy was palpable as over 250 artists, curators, community leaders and local enthusiasts crowded into the Indigo building on Aug. 22 to listen to remarks at the grand opening of the Joan Mitchell Center

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2017 LEED 2009 New Construction and Major Renovations, GOLD

U.S. Green Building Council

2016 Honor Award

AIA New Orleans

2016 Sustainable Design Honorable Mention

AIA New Orleans

2015 Merit Gold Award

Associated Builders and Contractors

Community Impact

For an artist, there can be found no place more inspiring than New Orleans. This project provides space for a non-profit that allows visions to come to life under the influence of one of history’s most inventive muses, something we can all agree makes the world a better place. Also, landscaping for the building includes native plants, a bio-swale, and a rainwater garden to help reduce harmful runoff and promote Louisiana’s unique ecosystem.

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