Louisiana State Museum / Trahan Architects

Set in the side of the Cane River Lake, the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in historic Natchitoches was designed by Trahan Architects.

Architects: Trahan Architects
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA

Louisiana State Museum

Museum by Trahan Architects

Louisiana State Museum by Trahan

Louisiana State Museum Trahan

From the architects:

The exterior cladding of pleated copper panels alludes to the nearby plantations, controlling light, views and ventilation, and employing surface articulation rather than architectural ornamentation. The “simple” urban container contrasts with the sinuous entry and foyer within, highlighting the dialogue between the city and the natural environment.

The flowing interior emerges at the entry, contrasting with the patinated exterior shell, inviting the visitor within. The dynamic foyer reflects the carving of the ancient river’s fluvial geomorphology. Sculpted out of 1,100 digitally milled cast stone panels, the shaped surfaces seamlessly integrate all building systems. Washed during the day by natural light from above, they also serve as screens for films and exhibits, further merging content and context.