The interpretive center of the Water Research institute attempts to embody the industrial history of the site and enmesh it with the site conditions and ecology. The form is derived from a response to the humid, hot conditions of the Louisiana batture. The entire project is clad in shaded cedar louvers- with the exception of the underbelly, anobservation deck looking into the flood-plane.
The Southern Dogtrot house was the first point of inspiration for the building form. In this vernacular architecture, two masses encourage the passage of air between one another, and create a cooling cross breeze as a consequence of their dialogue. In mapping the prevailing summer winds I found an orientation
that presented favorably towards a strong southwest tonortheast orientation, but unfavorably oriented the project towards the sun. To negotiate this, louvers bridge the two gaps between the masses, closing off the southern facade to sunlight but opening it at the bottom,to the cool Batture.