Color us flattered. Two of our projects – the Cummins LiveWell Center and the Julia M. Carson Transit Center – received AIA Indiana Design Awards. We are extremely honored, as both projects embrace one of our core beliefs: that empathy is the foundation of design.
At Axis, we believe well-designed spaces feel as good as they look. That they fulfill an individual’s physical and emotional needs. After all, space is more than a place; it’s an experience.
At the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, we focused on creating a multimodal hub that would transform what individuals think about public transportation. We used clean lines and sculptural shapes, and incorporated free Wi-Fi and public restrooms — courtesies often taken for granted. Glass walls erase the barrier between the interior and the exterior, and when viewed from across the street, the transit center is sleek. Transparent. It functions as a day-to-day piece of the urban environment.
This year’s jury – which comprised members from AIA’s Birmingham, Alabama, chapter – agreed. They described the transit center as “audacious, yet approachable,” and gave it an Honor Award in the “New Construction – Project Cost Greater Than $1 Million” category.
The Cummins LiveWell Center was submitted under the same category, and it received a Merit Award. The jury described it as a “beautifully organized building,” and commented on the center’s courtyards and strategic use of color. Everything – from the way staff greets patients in the lobby, to the check-out and scheduling procedures within the exam rooms – was designed with patient experience in mind. The center is not your typical doctor’s office; instead, it promotes healthy living every day.
Both the transit center and the LiveWell Center are people-first designs, and it is an honor to have them recognized by AIA Indiana. This year, there were more than four dozen submissions, and we are pleased to have received a Merit Award and an Honor Award.
Other award winners included Gray Architecture, for Offices for Matchbook Creative; Rowland Design, for the Liberty Fund Corporate Headquarters; Deborah Berke Partners and RATIO Architects, Inc., for the Cummins Distribution Headquarters; and krM Architecture, for Markle Public Library. The SOLtek Solar-Heated Kiln to Cure CMUs in Haiti and Indianapolis Central Library were also recognized.