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Spark Apartments


Anchor Buildings

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.


Distinctive Design

In keeping with the city of Fishers’ design standards, Axis explored ways to divide the building into separate blocks. This led to the use of different materials such as brick, metal, glass, and siding to create visual interest and break down the large block-long structure to appear as smaller buildings. The u-shaped complex is connected to a parking garage which created a large central courtyard featuring a garden, fire pit, and swimming pool.


Interior Courtyard with fire pit, grill, and swimming pool.


Neighborhood Hub

At the time the Spark Apartments was conceived it was the first multi-family development in the area. The 211 one-, two- and three- bedroom units sit above 11 street level retail spaces that were designed to attract businesses and services. Their small footprint, originally conceived as a live/work environment, proved to be extremely attractive to local tenants.  The parking garage was constructed as a PPP, is shared by two adjacent office buildings, the first floor retail tenants and the public.

A vibrant partnership within the thriving Fishers’ community, Spark is a collection of modern apartment homes. Situated right off 116th Street and Lantern Road and adjacent to the Nickel Plate Trail, the development is a stone’s throw from the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater and is at the heart of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the greater Fishers region.


Retail shops at street level.


Project Team

Drew White – Partner in Charge

Chris Hagan – Project Manager

Ryan Meyer – Design Architect

Ashley Thornberry – Project Architect


HG Envoy Fishers – Owner/Construction Manager

Kimley Horn – Civil Engineer

LHB – Structural Engineer

HWC – Landscape Architects

THE LUME – An Immersive Art Experience

Visual Renderings provided by Grande 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.



The exhibit, which is developed by Grande Experiences, an Australian company, utilizes SENSORY4TM to transform two-dimensional paintings into a breathtaking three-dimensional world. The technology is a unique system that combines multi-channel motion graphics and cinema-quality surround sound. The result is an experience that is contactless and offers visitors the opportunity to practice social distancing through timed-entry and open spaces.

THE LUME, which features an impressive 150 projectors to bring masterpieces like The Starry Night to life, required an extensive reconfiguration of the space. Axis Architecture worked with Grande Experiences and Newfields to create a framework that would enable the permanent exhibit to seamlessly integrate with the building while remaining flexible enough to evolve over time.



After using LiDAR technology which uses infrared light to map out a hyper-accurate 3D image of the existing structure, Axis and Grande partnered to mastermind a completely custom plan for the Newfields space. The immersive art experience displays more than 3,000 Van Gogh images at an enormous scale. This required giant wall, ceiling and even floor surfaces to project onto. To achieve this, we reconfigured the layout to create a canvas for viewers to absorb the hyper-fine details of the photographs and videos featured.

In addition to changing the layout, Axis collaborated to create an unforgettable exit experience designed by Grande and Phanomen which includes a skewed-perspective replica of Van Gogh’s room in Arles and retail shop and café space.

Axis also addressed mechanical, electrical, and even plumbing needs for the exhibit. For example, the entire floor requires year-round cooling from the heat generated from the projectors. We designed and installed HVAC so that we could enclose windows and block light infiltration. This helped to create the perfect environment within which to create the multi-sensory digital world. We also remodeled the restrooms to meet ADA guidelines, update the finishes, and meet expected traffic increase.


Axis acted as the bridge between Australia-based Grande Experiences and Newfields, leveraging local partnerships and expertise to facilitate project progress. Thanks to ongoing communication and collaboration, THE LUME is scheduled to open later this Spring welcoming audiences of all ages to enjoy the immersive art experience of Vincent Van Gogh.




Partner-in-Charge – Drew White
Project Manager – Matt MacDonald

Exhibition Designer – Grande Experiences
Structural Engineer – Fink, Roberts & Petrie, Inc.
MEP Engineer – Applied Engineering Services
Interior Designer – Phanomen
Kitchen & Restaurant Design – C-T Design And Equipment Co.
Contractor – Wurster Construction

Axis receives four awards at Design Excellence Awards Gala

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” »

Grassroots 2019: Takeaways, Talking Points, and What it Means to be a Citizen Architect

Earlier this spring, Axis’ Ashley Thornberry traveled to Washington, D.C. for Grassroots. The annual conference brings together architects and chapter leaders from across the country and helps them become better civic leaders. The conference included workshops, panel discussions, and a trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for safer schools and energy efficiency. In this Q&A, Ashley shares her takeaways, talks about the importance of advocacy, and explains the term “citizen architect.” Continue reading “Grassroots 2019: Takeaways, Talking Points, and What it Means to be a Citizen Architect” »

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