Museums & Institutions Design

Grammy Museum Mississippi

Grammy Mississippi Celebrates Outdoor Performances

With a significant emphasis on music and performance, the Grammy MISSISSIPPI site embraces a “Mississippi” style venue for performances.

Working with the design team of Dale Partners and Eley Barkley, CPLA assisted in the development of a master plan for the GRAMMY Museum® MISSISSIPPI located on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The 19 million dollar project provides a state-of-the-art facility to house exhibits, concerts, classrooms, and administrative offices. In addition to a one of a kind interactive museum experience, the site and landscape are specifically designed with the intent for outdoor events.

A large front lawn with a stage provides a great space for concerts, an element certain to be used in such a music driven area. Along the entry road, a long seat wall borders the lawn to create an edge to the space. A large pedestrian plaza spills across the road, and leads people into the museum.

Reflecting the Architecture & Region

The site and landscape have subtle nuances that reflect the modern architecture of the museum, and the visual elements of the Mississippi Delta.

The GRAMMY Museum project is a testament to the artists of Mississippi whose passion and creativity transformed music forever. Today’s music would not be what it is without the musicians of Mississippi. Through the development of this project, future generations of Mississippians will have the opportunity to learn more about their state’s musical heritage and enjoy the environment in which they learn.

The clean lines of the building inspired our design for the site. The plant material and pavement selections were inspired by the standard colors of the surrounding agricultural landscape. The three predominant colors found on site reflect the theme. Brown pavers – Rich Alluvial Soils. Green Plants and Lawn – Fields of Green Vegetation. White Flowers – White Cotton.