Channel Glass and Reflective Aluminum Brighten the Shaw Center

Channel Glass and Reflective Aluminum Brighten the Shaw Center

Photo: Timothy Hursley

The intricate surface of the new Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge (see project story, page 86) are no accident-the architects chose materials and lighting to achieve an iconic look.In developing the facade, the Boston-based design firm Schwartz/Silver Architects, along with associate architect Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, had several goals in mind: to make the building stand out like a beacon; to emulate the shimmering surface of the nearby Mississippi River; to break up the monumental quality of two building types-theater and art museum-that typically use few windows; and to protect the complex from Louisiana's rainy climate.

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