LASM Planetarium & Space Theatre

A partnership with Haizlip Studio

Museum renovation and expansion to circa 1925 building with planetarium addition

As a first step in the master plan for revitalizing downtown Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Arts and Science Center proposed a replacement facility for the old planetarium to be located adjacent to the existing LASC Museum on River Road. Surpassing expectations, this project added approximately 14,000 gsf of new exhibit space and a new multipurpose Planetarium and Space Theater. An additional 10,000 gsf of existing sculpture galleries and classroom space were renovated and modernized. This was accomplished while complementing the historic nature and architectural significance of the pre-existing building.

Our goals included a space that functionally and visually marries the existing museum and new planetarium, a theatre accommodating new technologies, and architecture that invites passers-by. The architects found creative and attractive solutions. In two weeks, we served 13,000 visitors in stimulating, yet soothing elegant environments.

— Carol Gikas Executive Director

Location

Baton Rouge, LA

Area

24,000 sf

Construction Cost

$5.2 million

Recognition

  • 2003 AIA Baton Rouge Rose Design Award Recipient
  • 2003 Good Growth Award
  • Louisiana Contractor's Best of 2003 Award of Excellence
  • 2004 AIA Tennessee Award of Merit
  • The Advocate, “Good Heavens!” (Cover Story of the “Fun Section,” May 23, 2003)
  • ARCHI TECH Magazine (March/April 2003)
  • Business Report, “Heavenly Sight” (Cover Story, November 21, 2000)