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Magnolia Mound Visitors Center / Trahan Architects

  • 12:00 - 1 February, 2018
Magnolia Mound Visitors Center / Trahan Architects
Magnolia Mound Visitors Center / Trahan Architects, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    2040 Iowa St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA
  • Team

    Brad McWhirter, AIA, Mark Hash, Ben Rath, Michael McCune, Kim Nguyen, AIA, Sarah Cancienne
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

      • Landscape Architecture

        Reed Hilderbrand
      • MEP Engineering

        AST Engineers
      • Civil Engineering

        ABMB Engineers
      • Structural Engineering

        McLaren Engineering Group
      • Cultural Planner

        Lord Cultural Resources
      • General Contractor

        Omega General Contractors
      • More Specs Less Specs
      © Timothy Hursley
      © Timothy Hursley

      Text description provided by the architects. Situated on high ground adjacent to the Mississippi River, Magnolia Mound was a working plantation established in 1791. Today, Magnolia Mound’s mission is to illustrate and interpret the French Creole lifestyle through educational programs, workshops, lectures, festivals and other special events. The design intent of the project is to emphasize the importance of site and topography as it relates to Magnolia Mound.

      Site Plan
      Site Plan
      Section and Ground Floor Plan
      Section and Ground Floor Plan

      The minimal intervention seeks to elevate the existing historic buildings and site by establishing a clear threshold for visitors as they circulate around the base of the mound. As one transitions through the new visitor center and ascends to the top of the mound, the building merges with the landscape to become unobtrusive and imperceptible. The top of the new structure aligns with the elevation of the high ground of the mound, establishing a datum which links old and new architecture on site.

      © Timothy Hursley
      © Timothy Hursley
      © Timothy Hursley
      © Timothy Hursley

      Translucent channel glass was selected to subtly obscure occupants within and around the new building like an impressionist painting – blurring the distinction between new and old, building and landscape. The museum display cases were designed as a complementary element to the new architectural intervention. Inspired by the work of Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt, these solid aluminum fixtures attempt to bridge between sculpture, furniture, and architecture; providing storage space, display opportunities, and point of sale.

      © Timothy Hursley
      © Timothy Hursley
      Program Diagram
      Program Diagram
      Courtesy of Trahan Architects
      Courtesy of Trahan Architects

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      Cite: "Magnolia Mound Visitors Center / Trahan Architects" 01 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884