Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Role: Museum Planner & Conceptual Designer for Museum Renovation and Expansion; Collaborated with Exhibit Designers (Ralph Applebaum Associates)
Program: Interactive science and art exhibits, collection storage, theaters, lobby, cafe, gift shop, function space, classrooms, exhibit support, and offices
Building Area: Renovated areas 56,000 sf Expansion areas 28,000 sf
Status: Conceptual Design Phase completed in 2009
Our work for the Louisiana Art and Science Museum illustrates the fundamental building block in planning that determines the core concept of a new project based on its functionality, appeal and sustainability. The Louisiana Art and Science Museum (LASM) is housed in a renovated and expanded historic railroad station in Louisiana’s capital city of Baton Rouge. The Museum’s permanent collection of over 4,000 objects is varied, with holdings in the areas of Louisiana Modern and Contemporary Art, American and European Art, Graphic Arts, Decorative Arts, Photography, Ethnographic Art, Antiquities, Scientific Objects and Memorabilia. The Museum’s education and entertainment programs are enhanced by a state-of-the-art planetarium and space theater. Much of the Museum’s gallery space is used for high-quality changing exhibitions. LASM is a very popular and well-run institution that is loved by its community.
The Museum occupies a compelling and strategically positioned site along the Mississippi River. Recent renovations to the Old State Capital and the dramatic new Shaw Center gave LASM the opportunity to increase its role as an important riverfront hub for Baton Rouge’s cultural corridor. Acting on the desire to enhance its programs and brand, LASM engaged our museum planning services. Ralph Applebaum Associates, a firm specializing in interpretive and exhibit design, joined the project team. Together, we engaged the Museum’s key stakeholders in a series of workshops with the goal of seamlessly integrating a new vision for the Museum.
In our Museum planning study, we carefully studied the Museum’s program and existing site conditions to devise a concept that would serve as an institution-wide approach to exploring the intersection of art and science. Our initial work focused on their internal space needs.
Art Museums | Conceptual | Recent | Revitalizations | Science Museums