The Louisiana Children’s Museum is currently housed in an infill building in the city’s warehouse district. However, recently, the City of New Orleans voted to allow the museum to construct a new campus in City Park. The move to City Park will allow the museum to both expand current programs and meet its goal of becoming a premier institution for early child development. This relocation also encourages increased connections with the outdoors and learning opportunities for children and their caregivers. The proposed design seeks the correct balance between an elegant building in a park setting and an oasis for children. As a result, the gallery spaces and interior circulation are inspired by a winding trail through a forest. Children are drawn into an exciting overall space, but a plethora of moments for interaction and individual discovery exist at every turn. Interior gallery spaces are supplemented by seamless connections to the outdoors to allow for a holistic understanding of the exhibitions. Finally, the parent’s experience is given equal weight. Exhibition spaces are laid out with controlled access points and ample space for parents to observe their children. Overall, the design seeks to create a new destination for New Orleans’ residents and tourists alike.
Status: School Project
Location: New Orleans, LA, US