- Location New Orleans, LA
- Client Efforts of Grace
- Program Gallery and performance art center
- Project Team:
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Located in the heart of Central City New Orleans, the Ashe Cultural Arts Center renovation includes a lobby and marketplace for displaying African art and textiles, a performance and exhibition space, and office suite for the Ashe team. The design concept is based on oral tradition and storytelling in African culture. The Bamboula wall in the lobby is comprised of an undulating wood screen. The form of the screen mimics rhythms found in traditional African drumming which share the tonal nature of African language and therefore play a major role in storytelling. The screen is brightly colored like Kente cloth patterns which were traditionally worn by royalty. The column capitals in the main exhibition space reference fractal geometries found in traditional African architecture, pottery, textiles, and even braids. The African windscreen accent wall in the exhibition space is based on the design and proportions of traditional straw windscreens which were designed for material and labor efficiency. Ashe is expected to unveil its new space in 2018 in tandem with its 20th anniversary and New Orleans’ tricentennial anniversary.