Since its opening in 1958, Louisiana has had a goal of being a living museum that creates space for conversations, discussions and communities around the arts. At the same time, Louisiana’s identity is carried by a special site-specific architecture, which emphasizes the community between nature and architecture.

These elements, which could be called the ‘spirit of the place’ in Louisiana, gave rise to Louisiana Learning in 2018 initiating a collaboration with architect, Ida Flarup Barnett, to develop a course for 5th and 6th graders from Langebjergskolen, Skt. Petri School and Level School with a focus on ARCHITECTURE COMMUNITIES. The course gives the children an insight into what it means to be an architect and let them try out very specific methods and techniques from the architect’s toolbox.

With Louisiana as a case, we examine the relationship between architecture, ourselves and the nature around us. Along the way, we include elements from the architect’s toolbox such as signature drawings, floor plans, material samples, model building, mapping, local plans etc. The project leads to an exhibition at the school, where the students’ building plots grow together into a joint movement through landscape and architecture.

The project has been nominated for the International Architects’ Association’s dissemination award Golden Cubes Awards 2020. The project is supported by the Statens Kunstfonds house artist scheme.