LSU ART & DESIGN ADDITION

        This project focuses on a specific set of experiential conditions as well as a larger overall site condition. The LSU master plan was originally designed with a central axis running through the main quad with Atkinson Hall at the South end. As the school expanded, a smaller quad formed just behind Atkinson sharing the quad with other art disciplines and the school of geology. This quad has continued to be used as a sculpture garden to display the work of the Art and Design College and is the site of the new school addition. Focusing on the surrounding site context and the importance of the axis that runs through LSU campus became a focal point of this project. The axis of the larger quad becomes
lost when entering the space of the smaller art quad and the new building addition begins to highlight this axis with a wall. The wall extends from the north end of the site to the south end and is visible to the rest of the surrounding campus as a beacon that highlights the importance of overall LSU axis. Another major focal point of this project became the experience one has when traveling through the different levels of the site vertically and horizontally. Three live oak trees remain on the site as a part of the history and culture of  Louisiana and are celebrated through the design of the addition. One focus of this project is being able to view these trees at various different levels from the roots to the top of the canopy. The building levels project is being able to view these trees at various different levels from the roots to the top of the canopy. The building levels are tiered throughout the project to allow the occupants and other visitors of the site to gain a perspective of the oak trees that is usually never seen. From the basement level they receive a worm’s eye view of the site and from the very top level of the building they have a bird’s eye view of the overall canopy of the
three trees. Creating this experience and referring back to the larger axis of the campus became the main concepts of the Art and Design School Addition.