The new Martindale-Brightwood Library is more than just a building. Even before the first sketch was produced, the Library and design team organized a discovery process to understand the hopes, wants, and needs of the community. These efforts revealed a desire for the Library to reflect African American culture, the rich history of the area, and the undeniable spirit of the people who call it home. The Library, which sits on a brown-field redevelopment in an economically depressed area received its LEED Silver certification in August 2021.
The ultimate goal was for the Library to become a neighborhood hub; a safe and welcoming place for community gatherings, seniors to socialize, and for children and teens to spend time in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Taking inspiration from the use of pattern and texture in African Art to amplify stories, the materials used on the exterior of the Library tell the story of a tree going through the four seasons: blooming in Summer, dropping its leaves in Autumn, standing strong through Winter and its rejuvenation in Spring.
Large windows flood the interior with natural light and provide a connection between the community outside and the Library staff and patrons inside. Along Sherman Drive, these portals are an opportunity to sit, reflect and observe the evolution of the neighborhood. They also offer passers-by an inspiring glimpse into the collections housed within the Library.
The Martindale-Brightwood Library is an iconic structure reflective of the people the Library serves. It is a place where innovation and discovery reside and serves as a catalyst for growth, rejuvenation, and positive change.
The Spark Apartments, a 190,000 sq. ft. multi-family development, located within the thriving Fishers’ Nickel Plate District is one of its anchor buildings. Finished in 2019, the $25 million project was designed to be timeless and offer it’s residents a luxurious living experience.
THE LUME, which is slated to open in Indianapolis this summer, invites viewers to step into the exciting new world of multi-sensory experiences. The permanent exhibit occupies the Fourth Floor of Newfields giving visitors 30,000 square feet of immersive art experience but will feature different exhibits over time with the first year featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh.
This summer, interns Lily Jackson, Alvin Laguerre, and Grace Bartko brought new perspectives to Axis, as well as a passion for high design. Over the course of the summer, this talented trio has worked on office and auditorium renovations, door schedules, multi-family projects, the new Family Resource Center for VIPS Indiana, the elephant walk at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Harrison Center, and Options Charter School. It’s been an honor to have Lily, Alvin, and Grace intern for us, and while we will miss their energy and creativity, we wish them the best as they had back to school. Continue reading “Say ‘Hello’ to the Axis Interns, Designers of the Future”»
You’re a business owner. A CEO. A chief financial officer. Your plate is full, and you’ve got a lot on your mind, especially when it comes to company growth. You know your business – no matter how quickly it grows – must continue to fulfill its mission. To keep up, you and your colleagues have been talking about reinvesting in your space. Maybe your company is expanding, and you need a more creative configuration of space. Or maybe your office is outdated, and you need to increase efficiency and productivity. No matter the scenario, you want to ensure that a redesign has a return on investment. Here’s how to go about sharing the news and making the transition. Continue reading “How a Redesign Helps You Reinvest in Your Company”»
It’s down-right difficult to describe 2018 in one word. “Rewarding,” “challenging,” exciting,” and introspective” are all fine words, but they don’t quite capture the nuances. So, instead of summarizing 2018 with an adjective, here’s what we started, what we finished, what we learned, and what caught our eye(s). Here’s what. Continue reading “Year in Review: 2018”»
“The third place.” Attributed to Ray Oldenburg, the phrase refers to an inclusive, comfortable space that isn’t home (“the first place”) or the office (“the second place”). Informal in nature, the third place encourages individuals to interact, exchange ideas, and have a good time. Coffee shops, neighborhood pubs, fitness centers, and houses of worship are all examples. So, too, are libraries – especially the new Brightwood Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Continue reading “Brightwood Branch: The library as “the third place””»