Located to the north-east of Crowley, a small town in Louisiana known to be the “Rice Capital of America”, the Acadia Parish Conference Center by Trahan Architects will mediate the threshold between the urban development to the west and the agricultural fields to the east. Envisioned as an extension of the landscape, the center creates a harmonic balance between the two environments, expressing the importance of local agricultural. Continue after the break for more on the Acadia Parish Conference Center. Responding to its context, the new facility emerges from the east and rises toward the west. Contours follow the natural topography, controlling water run-off and delineating rice paddies. Rice is the primary economy in the Parish and city of Crowley, creating a beautiful mosaic that blankets the landscape. The advancement of technology has transformed rice fields to a more efficient orthogonal configuration that is reflected in the layout of the conference center.
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