Magnolia Mound Visitors Center

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 for the project is to emphasize the importance of site and topography as it relates to Magnolia Mound. 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.

Location
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Date
2013

Size
4,000 SF

Project Team
Trey Trahan, Brad McWhirter, Mark Hash, Ben Rath, Michael McCune, Kim Nguyen, Sarah Cancienne

Collaborators
Jon Emerson Landscape Architect, Reed Hilderbrand, AST Engineers, McLaren Engineering Group, ABMB Engineers, Lord Cultural Resources, Omega, Lippincott Sculpture, TriPyramid Structures

Awards
AIA New Orleans Honor Award for Architecture, 2017

Tags
Featured , Cultural , Hospitality , Rootedness , Materiality , Collaboration

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.

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