The Museum is located in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Set on the banks of the Cane River Lake, the project is inspired by the riverfront setting, early sustainable practices and the 17th century bousillage building technique brought to the region by French settlers.
The Museum’s interior reflects the region’s fluvial geomorphology – the transformation of the landscape from centuries of carving by the meandering river. Sculpted from 1,100 unique cast stone panels, the interior seamlessly integrates building systems and serves as a canvas for exhibitions and films.
Trahan Architects, an award-winning firm led by Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, FAIA, has received international acclaim for work that is at once intensely personal, historically grounded and aesthetically sublime. Trahan Architects’ projects share a high level of technological sophistication and innovation coupled with a sense of quiet and experiential beauty. Combined with the firm’s research into emerging materials and construction methods, Trahan Architects’ projects feel simultaneously rooted and contemporary.