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Shaw Center for the Arts
100 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Built: 2005
Architect: Schwartz/Silver
Executive Architect: Eskew + Dumez + Ripple
Associate Architect: Jerry M. Campbell & Associates
Structural Engineer: McKee & Deville
Project Manager: Philip Chen, AIA
Cost: 35.7 million
Size: 125,000 sq.ft.

The Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge is a one-hundred foot tall five story building that houses the Museum of Art, a 325-seat Man-ship theater, offices, classrooms and two smaller rehearsal rooms.

Here is a Section view of the Shaw Center:

Here is the floor plan of the ground floor and fifth floor:

The Channel Glass walls were the main aspect to this building, but since this was built in a hurricane zone hey had to compensate for it. The Glass has wire reinforcement inside as well as aluminum edging. Also the channels are held off the building by intermediate supports along with tubing to connect the supports to the main structure. Below is a diagram of the Channel Glass and structure.

The Glass wall also acts as a rain screen for this area, which sees a lot of it, and to protect the glass walls at street level they were sandblasted and turned inward.

At night the building is lit up from eight different locations, and the light reflects off the glass and aluminum walls to illuminate it.


A view of the Man-Ship Theater:

One of the Art Galleries:

Case Study by: Nate Conrad
ARE 320K, Fall 2010


Holtzman, Anna. “Glass Act”. Architecture. Jun2005. Vol. 94 Issue 6, p61

Lubell, Sam. “Schwartz/Silver weaves the dynamic Shaw Center For The Arts, a vibrant cultural nexus, into the urban fabric of Baton Rouge”. Architectural Record. Jun2005. Vol. 193 Issue 6, p89-91

“Shaw Center for the Arts”. Urbanland. Sept2007. Vol. 66 Issue 9, p84-88

Written by Nate Conrad

September 14, 2010 at 3:33 am

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