International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and Museum
This hall of fame and museum in Fort Lauderdale was conceived for the IGFA’s world headquarters, creating a public attraction to honor the legends of sport fishing and educate the public about the history, science and sport of recreational fishing.
Carefully sited in a previously undeveloped parcel adjacent to heavily-traveled Interstate-95, the facility was conceived as an object surrounded and influenced by water. The building envelope subtly expresses the dual language of “fish” as well as “fishing” in materiality, texture and pattern. The abundant use of stainless steel, white plaster and sculpted forms evoke the language of sleek sport fishing vessels; simultaneously, the staggered pattern of stainless wall panels reflected in the light of the surrounding pond, evoke the shimmering iridescent qualities of fish emerging from the water.
Numerous exterior building features support the IGFA mission while sensitively reflecting the south Florida environment. The total effect is of a figurative submersion, intended to take the visitor from the human world above to the marine world below. As Deborah Dietsch, Art and Architecture critic of the Sun Sentinal, noted in her review, “Eskew+ has managed to create a bold monument to the angler that conveys both its educational purpose and the thrill of the catch.”