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Daylight shine through the canopy to the wood and glass structure
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis, Indiania (2010)
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion seen in profile deep in the woods
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis, Indiania (2010)
The low-slung form of the pavilion, bathed in dappled light, hovering above the forest floor, acts as an apparition in the woods
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis, Indiania (2010)
Natural light shines down on a deck surrounded by glass and forest
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis, Indiania (2010)
Wood slats form a semi-transparent envelope of deck, wall, and roof, supported by a steel exoskeleton, allowing light and moisture to filter through it
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis, Indiania (2010)
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion exterior view of dynamic wooden roof
Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis, Indiania (2010)

Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion

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INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART VISITORS PAVILION
Indianapolis, Indiana (2010)

The Ruth Lilly Visitor’s Pavilion provides a place of reflection and assessment, a place of questioning what has been directly experienced by the visitor and of what was observed, or not, of the processes — natural and cultural — at work within the Art + Nature Park. It too serves as a threshold for those entering the park from the Indianapolis greenway system. Educational activities for a few or fifty persons help visitors gain a deeper, and perhaps, even more meaningful understanding of the relationships between conditions nature-made and man-made. Positioned lightly upon the earth, detached with column supports, a horizontal frame structure in tension as much as compression. A continuous perforated surface of ipe wood slats forms a semi-transparent envelope of deck, wall, and roof, supported by a steel exoskeleton, allowing light and moisture to filter through it. The folded planes of the envelope sandwich glass enclosed program elements. The low-slung form of the pavilion, bathed in dappled light, hovering above the forest floor, acts as an apparition in the woods.

General Contractor: Geupel DeMars Hagerman
Structural: Guy Nordenson & Associates
MEP: L’Acquis Consulting Engineers
Acoustical: Dr. Tahar Messadi
Civil: Cripe Architects & Engineers
Curtain Wall: Kate Kulpa, AIA
Landscape: Ed Blake

 

Project Awards:

2012:
+ American Institute of Architects Honor Award
+ Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award
+ Indiana AIA High Honor Award
+ Gulf States Regional AIA Honor Award

2011:
+ Arkansas AIA Honor Award
+ Architect Magazine Design Review Award
+ World Architecture Festival Finalist: Display and Visitor Centers

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