The Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program (LOOP) engages local underserved youth in outdoor education and leadership programs through adventure-based activities on their challenge course in City Park. The program partners with inner city schools and community agencies that serve students who are considered at-risk or Title I equivalent.
LOOP identified a need for space for program expansion--their site was difficult to access and far from any seating, storage, or shaded gathering spaces. A new pavilion would allow LOOP to provide better, safer programs for the students with whom they work. After engaging LOOP staff to assess their needs, TCC|build students designed a pavilion that incorporates storage and seating into a large shade structure used for teaching and gathering before and after challenge course activities.
The design is inspired by the tree canopy surrounding the challenge course and uses blank aluminum traffic signs as a modular, exterior grade unit to create an abstracted, high-performing canopy overhead. In keeping with the context of the adjacent ropes course structure, the canopy is suspended with steel cable from a larger steel structure in a way that creates an undulating complex curve. The seating is built into an earth berm created by reusing railroad ties from the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. The project received an AIA New Orleans Merit Award in the Divine Detail category in 2014.
Special Thanks To
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program (LOOP)
New Orleans City Park