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.
On Thursday, 250 design leaders gathered at the Indiana State Museum for the AIA Indianapolis Design Excellence Awards Gala. The bi-annual event showcases the impact architects and designers have on the way people experience cities, neighborhoods, streetscapes, and natural environments. It was an honor to share the evening with our colleagues, and an honor to receive four awards. Continue reading “Axis receives four awards at Design Excellence Awards Gala”»