New Orleans, LA


Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

Situated adjacent to the original 1967 University Art Museum (a replica of an antebellum plantation home designed by noted Louisiana architect A. Hays Town) this museum building serves as a backdrop to the original and defines the edge of a new sculpture garden and plaza. The program includes lobby and public spaces, permanent collection and changing exhibit galleries, museum offices, and art support and archive. Conceived of as a tightly wrapped solid, the construction module of the new museum responds to the structural rhythm of the original building in order to develop a strong organizational structure for the entire newly developed site. The building’s glass façade hovers above visitors entering the museum, reflecting in its surface the existing Hays Town building and live oaks of the surrounding sculpture garden. Depending upon position and time of day, the glass façade oscillates between opaque and transparent, and at night is rendered in a deep blue light through the use of cold cathode tubes located above perforated metal ceilings, serving to contrast the new museum with its older adjacent neighbor.

“The gutsy site plan creates a dynamic dialogue between buildings that engages the interiors outward.”
-Jury Comments, 2005 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture

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Status: Built
Location: Lafayette, LA, US
Additional Credits: The Lemoine Company, General Contractor
Jon Emerson & Associates, Landscape Architect
McKee and Deville Consulting Engineers, Inc., Structural Engineer
M & E Consultants, MEP Engineer
PHA Lighting Design, Lighting Design
M. Goodwin Associates, Inc., Museum Programming
C.H. Fenstermaker Associates, Civil Engineer
Fluidity Design Consultants Inc., Fountain Design

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