A 5,000 square foot gallery pavilion for indoor sculpture is set among mature live oaks within a six-acre expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The pavilionâ€™s elliptical massing sits in front of a continuous curving garden wall that appears to be the perimeter edge of the site while hiding the pavilionâ€™s back of house service spaces. One enters the new building through a courtyard framed by the elliptical gallery, a mature live oak tree, and artist Teresita Fernandezâ€™s site-specific tile mosaic that embellishes the southern section of the curved garden wall. A covered terrace off of the galleryâ€™s broad side affords elevated and expansive views across the lagoon to sculptures set throughout the new garden addition.
The galleryâ€™s elliptical shape is reflected inside through clean, smooth, curving walls which encourage movement around sculptures installed in the space. Eighteen-foot ceilings, a prerequisite of the museum, allow for the display of tall sculptures. Continuous skylights around the roomâ€™s perimeter wash the walls with light and balance daylight that enters through the large expanse of glazing.
Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge, MA Lighting Designer: Lam Partners, Cambridge, MA
|2020 Sep||Honor Award, AIA Louisiana|
|2019 Sep||Award of Excellence, Associated Builders and Contactors Inc.|
|2020 Mar||Best New Architecture, New Orleans Magazine|
|2020 Sep||Members' Choice Award, AIA Louisiana|
|2020 Nov||Honor Award, AIA New Orleans|