Baton Rouge Municipal Dock / Trahan Architects

Baton Rouge Municipal Dock / Trahan Architects
Southwest View © Trahan Architects

Trahan Architects have shared their plans to completely transform an existing Municipal Dock into a mixed-use development. The dock is nestled between LSU and Downtown Baton Rouge – an emerging pedestrian thoroughfare that is full of potential for future public infrastructure developments – and Trahan’s vision will further activate the growing connection between these urban areas in Louisiana.

More images, great diagrams and more about the project after the break.

Historically, the dock enabled ocean-going vessels to off-load heavy cargo onto barges for upriver transport, or to rail for inland shipment through Baton Rouge.   However, with the interstate system of 1968, the dock soon became an outdated entity, quickly replaced by the ease of trucking freight.

Northeast View © Trahan Architects

Yet, now, the dock plays a large part in reviving the riverfront. The development, which consists of primarily residential units, is extremely site conscious. The building’s massing is shifted to provide optimal views of the river and gently arched to create a public space for exhibitions, gatherings and performances.

Site Studies © Trahan Architects

The units are shifted in both plan and section, and the shifting creates opportunities for both private and communal terraces. Larger units flank the building, while smaller units fill in toward the middle.

Sketch Renderings © Trahan Architects

The building’s defined public space invites passersby closer to the riverfront and is just as vital to the design as the residential units.

Program Distribution © Trahan Architects

The building’s wooden envelope gracefully curves from north to south to provide shade for the units, yet the aesthetic brings a sense of dynamic movement that fits with the river’s current. “This meandering surface is articulated with wooden members that flow with varying densities to maximize views and to mitigate direct solar gain, reflected solar gain and views from public areas,” added the architect.

Northwest View © Trahan Architects

View more projects by Trahan Architects previously featured on AD here.

View of Public Plaza © Trahan Architects

Project: Baton Rouge Municipal Dock

Program: Mixed Use Development

Floor Area: 56,700 g.s.f. + 7,200 g.s.f. designated for public areas

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Cost: To Be Determined (USD)

Completion: To Be Announced

Requirements: reuse existing infrastructure, maximize views of Mississippi River and surrounding context, engage public residential units to adapt to market conditions

Principal Architect: Trey Trahan

Senior Designer: Mark Hash

Project Team: Judson Terry, Michael McCune, Chao-wei Su

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Baton Rouge Municipal Dock / Trahan Architects" 03 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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