Axis has more than two dozen fire station projects to its name. Since 2001, we have designed stations for communities across Indiana, including Carmel, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Monticello, New Albany, Shelbyville, and West Lafayette. But there’s one thing many of our stations have in common: private, gender-neutral sleeping quarters. Continue reading “The Pros of Private Sleeping Quarters in Fire Stations”
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Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Meyer was born abroad and spent the first seven years of his life in Canada and Germany. When asked about his childhood, Meyer talks of bread from French bakeries, conversations with native Turks, and silky Italian ice cream. So, when his parents settled in semi-rural Indiana, there was some culture shock. But Meyer – who is legally blind – uses his travel experience to educate others about accessibility. Continue reading “Design for the Blind: Architecture for the Visually Impaired”
Earlier this month, officials broke ground on the long-awaited Switchyard Park. Several members of the design team attended the groundbreaking, including Axis’ own Eric Anderson and Rundell Ernstberger Associates’ Kevin Osburn. They have been working on Switchyard Park since 2015 and 2011, respectively, and were eager to answer some questions about the 58-acre park. Continue reading “From Rails to Recreation: A Q&A with Switchyard Park’s Design Team”
As architects, we have a social responsibility. What we do influences the built environment. So, when it comes to community-based projects, Axis must do more than design a modern-looking building. We must build an environment that engages, inspires, and empowers. Continue reading “Architecture & Social Responsibility: Designing for the Community”
The new Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana, features a unique LiveWall installation. LiveWall, the green industry’s most sustainable, durable, and low-maintenance living wall system, fills five of the parking structure’s window openings with a variety of plants that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green. Continue reading “LiveWall Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage”
We used to make our own valentines using construction paper, sequins, and too much glue. Each Valentine’s Day, we’d take them to school and drop them into shoeboxes covered with as much tinfoil as our mothers allowed. Back then, we didn’t believe in “too much glue.” We didn’t know the LEGOs we played with and the dollhouses we decorated would evolve into a career, either. We had yet to fall in love, and had no idea that, someday, Indianapolis would also have a place in our hearts. Continue reading “Head Over Heels: Why Indy Has Our Hearts”
As a business owner, you’re always looking for new ways to innovate and expand. Your goals for 2018 may even include increased productivity and higher employee retention. But what if your resolution is to breathe new life into your workspace? Here are a few key points to help you decide whether to relocate or renovate. Continue reading “Should You Stay or Should You Go? Relocating vs. Renovating”
No matter how you look at it – professionally, personally, politically – 2017 was a milestone year. And since we’re only a few weeks into 2018, we’re still reflecting on the previous 12 months. Continue reading “New Year, New Technology, New Projects: What’s Coming Up in 2018”
Interior design is often misunderstood, underestimated, or dismissed as superficial. But design is more than pillows and paint chips – it prioritizes the human experience. It puts people at the center of each project, and focuses on creating spaces that feel as good as they look. But to create environments that feed the subconscious, there’s one thing we must do – empathize. Continue reading “Empathetic Design: Putting People First”
Columbus, Indiana, is a heck of a city. It’s got that small town charm, that Midwestern friendliness. But it also boasts more than 80 buildings, landscapes, and public works of art by the likes of Alexander Girard, I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, and Harry Weese.
In other words, it’s a mecca for modern architecture.
But thanks to Exhibit Columbus, architecture and design lovers have continued to flock to the “Athens of the Prairie – and Axis is no exception. Continue reading “Exhibit Columbus: A City as a Canvas”