Joan Mitchell Foundation Center
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Center is a small campus consisting of several buildings, located on approximately two areas in the historic Esplanade Ridge neighborhood of New Orleans. Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture was asked by the Architecture and Development team, Lee Ledbetter and Associates, and the Office of Johnathan Tate, to design an integrated landscape and stormwater plan for the site with a focus on wetlands, habitat, stormwater management, native species, while providing the opportunity for visitors and artists to engage in the installation. Evans + Lighter developed a storm water system of catchment areas at the back and front of the building consisting of large bioswales and infiltration cell walking paths that collect stormwater from the roof of the new studios and direct it into a large 2500 square foot constructed wetland, designed to inundate during heavy storm events, but that infiltrates and or discharges within two days. The design features a ten foot (550 gallon) cylindrical, steel reflecting pool, custom fabricated and installed by Evans+Lighter, which serves as the anchor installation of the landscape. Placed at the terminus of a jutting angular roof, water falls from a scupper into the raised pond creating a spectacle during and following storms. It is situated the pond's steel edge sits just above the inundated wetland during heavy rains.
Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans LA