Trahan Architects’ museum project to appear on Smithsonian Channel

Interior of Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, New Orleans, to be featured in Smithsonian Channel’s “How Did They Build That?” Photo courtesy Trahan Architects
Exterior of Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, New Orleans, to be featured in Smithsonian Channel’s “How Did They Build That?” Photo courtesy Trahan Architects

The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame project in Natchitoches, New Orleans, will be featured on the Smithsonian Channel series “How Did They Build That?” for its unique architectural design.

Founder and CEO of project lead, Trahan Architects, Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, will appear alongside firm partner Brad McWhirter to talk about the work conducted to complete the project, which has won several design awards, including the National AIA Award for Interior Architecture.

Set on the banks of the Cane River Lake, the museum is inspired by the riverfront setting, early sustainable practices, and spatial equity. Sculpted from more than 1100 unique cast stone panels, the museum’s interior reflects the region’s fluvial geomorphology—the transformation of the landscape from centuries of carving by the meandering river—and seamlessly integrates building systems and serves as a canvas for exhibitions and films.

Jay Dardenne, former lieutenant governor and current commissioner of administration for the state of Louisiana, says, “The new building provides both an icon for the state and an important community center for the region. It is a remarkably innovative structure, setting a high standard for public buildings within Louisiana while reflecting the unique characteristics of our distinctive culture and context.”

Trahan Architects’ feature will appear in season two of “How Did They Build That?” airing on July 31 at 8 p.m. EST. The show will be available to stream on Paramount+.

 

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