trahan architects: louisiana state museum + sports hall of fame
trahan architects: louisiana state museum + sports hall of fame trahan architects: louisiana state museum + sports hall of fame
sep 20, 2013

trahan architects: louisiana state museum + sports hall of fame

louisiana state museum + sports hall of fame by trahan architects
image © tim hursley
all images courtesy of trahan architects




in celebration of the gulf state’s rich history, trahan architects design the louisiana state museum and sports hall of fame (LSMSHOF) to unite history and athletics, covering the region’s great cultural wealth. located in the territory’s oldest settlement, natchitoches, the site overlooks the cane river lake at the edge of the red river valley. the architectonics mimic the natural forms of its surrounding.


inside, a central atrium at the entrance is a focal point of the design – intended to be a gathering place for the community. from here, corridors curve and meander throughout the building, leading visitors between athletic memorabilia from over 250 local sports figures, and 28,000 square feet of historic artifacts and exhibitions. the exterior of the building is clad in pleated copper panels as a reference to the area’s industry. their spacing and organization allows ample daylight and air to enter the building, while giving the building rhythm and scale.



UPDATE: a year after LSMSHOF opened to the public, creative agency spirit of space spent several days inside the museum observing the patrons and their particular experiences. the film carries viewers past the historic district’s references, around the pleated copper façade and into the sculpted interior. watch the movie in full below.



the louisiana state sports hall of fame and regional history museum
video by spirit of space 

corridors curve and meander throughout the building like the neighboring river
image © tim hursley

a large skylight fills the atrium with light
image © tim hursley

the museum pays tribute to the area’s local timber industry
image © tim hursley

the cast-stone finish adds lightness to the space
image © tim hursley

the arrangement of louvers allows ample light and air to enter the museum
image © tim hursley

rhythmic arrangement of facade panels add scale to the exterior
image © tim hursley

the louisiana state museum and sports hall of fame is located in the territory’s oldest settlement
image © tim hursley

shadows fall rhythmically on the facade
image © tim hursley


  • love the “veil” (although somewhat of a strange image for a sports museum), love the entry

    dbkii says:
  • I love the ‘veil’ too. Very cool design, but I agree with dbkii, I think it looks more like a sci-fi museum rather than a sports museum

    Eamonn says:
  • Such an exciting building.

    Mattia says:
  • touched a little senses of zahahadid’s architectures

    hysan says:
  • It’s beautiful, but its dead , no warmth no energy. sports is energy

    LaM says:
  • i agree with LaM… i like it but, is important in every proyect to transmit some of the meaning behind the final function rather than just only innovative forms.

    JKVR says:

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