New Orleans, LA


Burden Welcome Center

This new Welcome Center will serve visitors to the adjacent Botanic Gardens, Rural Life Museum, LSU Agcenter and various other community and cultural destinations.

Intended to provide visitors with a clear prelude to the many destinations dispersed throughout the 440-acre property in the heart of Louisiana’s capital city, the Center will similarly supply an overview of the rich history of the Burden family and the Burden property, one of the largest donations ever made to LSU and the surrounding community. 

In honoring this conception of the Center as a contemplative retreat to nature, the design team looked to create a liminal space that would provoke curiosity and excitement for the surrounding scenery while simultaneously providing a legible point of arrival and orientation. As such, the design of the center unfolds from the landscape—a welcome center not so much as sitting on the land but embedded in it. A series of glass walls oriented at the far side of the entryway seek to provide unobstructed views out—a mediating surface between building and landscape.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Baton Rouge, LA, US
Firm Role: Architect of Record
Additional Credits: EskewDumezRipple Project Team
Steve Dumez, FAIA
Mark Hash, AIA
Phoenix Montague
Kyle Digby, AIA, LEED GA

Consultant Team
Landscape Designer: CARBO Landscape Architecture
Structural/Civil Engineer: Fox-Nesbit Engineering, LLC
MEP: ASSAF, Simoneaux, Tauzin & Associates, Inc.