6 days ago
Today’s Lafayette building of the day is the Lafayette Strong Pavillion.
In the summer of 2015, nine architectural graduate students of UL, under the guidance of professor Geoff Gjertson designed and built the gridshell in collaboration with JB Mouton, Begneaud Manufacturing, Metalhead and others. It was one of four built across the US and Canada supported by a grant written by Professor Ted Cavanagh from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The proposal, called “Thinking While Doing”, involved multiple universities doing design build projects to help their communities and subsequent knowledge mobilization of best practices and innovative construction techniques.
The groundbreaking ceremony occurred the day after the tragic theater shootings at the Grand 16 Thatre in Lafayette the summer of 2015. Soon after, the students and faculty decided to dedicate the gridshell, the “Lafayette Strong Pavilion” to commemorate the response of unity and strength of the community following the shootings.
The gridshell is a beautiful sculptural form, which blurs the boundary between art and architecture. “It is our hope that through experiencing the gridshell, whether driving by or occupying its shady space, citizens will be challenged and will question ‘what is architecture?’” says professor Gjertson.
I mean, what more is there to say?
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