Teche Electric Supply Company, Inc. has been a client of our firmsince the design and construction of their first warehouse and distributioncenter on Eraste Landry Road. Many additions, expansions, and relocations haveoccurred since the first building, and though aesthetics are important, they werenot the foremost guiding principal. We adhered to a modest and tastefulexterior design. As a showroom of light fixtures and a warehouse of electricalparts, the most important goal was to showcase the product and have thebuilding serve the purpose of housing and supporting this merchandise.
Our firm was tasked with creatinga utilitarian and functional space in a new location. However, we proposed thatthe building showcase several of the light fixtures in a “while-in-use”scenario. This idea offers a salesperson the ability to showcase specificfixtures to clients so they can visualize that particular experience. Thesecond level of the building has windows from which larger hanging fixtures areshowcased and can be seen from the exterior. Exterior accent lighting,emergency lighting, flood lighting, and interior lighting in combination with awide variety of fixtures on different switches can be combined so that clientscan see which would work best in their space.
The final result is a distinctbuilding with details where they matter, such as a leaning façade wall, modernawnings, and a chain drainage system on site form concrete pillars. Thoughthese design elements create an exterior expression intended to inviteclientele, the most important factor never strayed from functionality for thesake of the product, salesperson, and their clients. The building simply servesour client’s specific functions of housing equipment, material, and merchandisefor sale. It serves as a meeting space for clients in a showroom which presentsthem with the realistic application of potential lighting choices. With the useof products being the true aim of the program, the building becomes thebackdrop upon which the product is displayed and not the product of display.