International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and Museum

​“The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is essentially a stage set for angling, complete with computer­activated exhibits and an artificial pond and wetlands. But rather than treating the 60,000 sq. ft. building as theme-park edifice, New Orleans firm Eskew+ designed a serious piece of architecture. The IGFA’s purpose is subtly symbolized in projections that are patterned in shiny stainless steel to resemble fish scales. The most prominent of these is a large triangular fin that houses a 100-seat movie theater. The metallic facades act as light-reflective signs for the building, which borders the southbound lanes of Interstate 95… The angling theme is announced in the lobby with an angular ceiling of wooden slats, meant to recall a boat bottom, and a hanging school of metal fish. The floor extends the underwater metaphor with sandstone paving patterned in grainy whorls… Eskew+ has managed to create a bold monument to the angler that conveys both its educational purpose and the thrill of the catch.” —   Deborah K. Dietsch, Sun Sentinel, July 1999

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Map This Location
Size: 58,000 square feet
Year of Completion: 1999
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