Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame MuseumEdit profile
Celebrating the profound historg of North Louisiana as well as the indelible influence sports have had on the state, the new Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches will house the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame - a collection of memorabilia donated bg more than 250 outstanding sports figures in Louisiana - as well as the North Louisiana Regional History Museum. Trahan Flrchitects' design for the museum unites these two seeminglg disparate programs in a stunning 28,000-square-foot contemporarg venue that recognizes each collection as part of the greater cultural historg of the state of Louisiana.
The city of Natchitoches was founded in 1714 and is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. The museum's site overlooks an historic landscape - Cane River Lake at the boundary of the Red River valley - and Trahan Architects has embraced this landscape in its design. The firm derived the building's geometry from the area's distinctive geomorphology and aspects of river hydromorphology. The design concept was guided by the fluid shapes of the braided corridors of river channels separated by interstitial masses of land - this idea becomes the organizing principle for visitor circulation and gallery arrangement.
The locus of the interior is the atrium, which will serve as a place for community gatherings and special events, as well as general spatial orientation. The atrium will present an atmosphere of calm and reflection; clad in light-colored cast-stone panels, the space will be washed with natural light from all sides and above. The design of this space will promote easy circulation between the two program elements.
The museum's exterior will be clad in wood planks - a reference to the region's rich timber legacy. The spacing and manipulation of the boards control light, views and ventilation and create a sense of porosity, articulation, and texture that will animate the façade and mediate the building's scale. The design is informed by the historic architecture and materials of the region, while presenting a contemporary architectural language to the remarkable city of Natchitoches.
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