Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame is a recently completed project in the small town of Natchitoches, designed by the U.S. office Trahan Architects. “The design of the structure permits dialogue between sport and history, past and future, content and container” explained architect Victor F. Trahan, founder of the office.
The museum is designed to host and “interpret” two collections in stark contrast to each other, one of them linked to the historical/cultural context and the other of a sporting character.
The layout of the spaces is designed for interaction while at the same time distinguishing the two rooms.
“The space flows physically and visually in continuity between the two parts, attempting to connect to the exhibition areas, spaces for lectures and conferences, as well as technical and service spaces.”
The internal organization intends to provide an ideal extension of the sinuous urban circulation of the area.
The external cladding made with copper panels, whose design responds more than to a mere stylistic choice, but to standards that ensure adequate control of the entry of natural light and good levels of ventilation.
The sinuous shapes of the interior lined with 1,100 concrete panels, whose texture is reminiscent of the roughness of the stone, provide a stark contrast to the outside.