Arts Council of Indianapolis
The historic downtown Metzger Building met all three of the key considerations for the Indianapolis Arts Council; street level store front windows to showcase local artists, ample parking, and an ADA accessible route. áReusing the abandoned building was not only an environmentally and inherently sustainable practice but it also helped preserve the legacy of Indianapolis' historic past. Before and after photos indicate the extent of the renovation.
The plan is subdivided into gallery/community space and office space. Original interior brick walls, historic wood doors and wood columns and beamed ceilings were restored to their original condition, lending a lofty airy feel to the space. áThe storefront windows in the gallery and community space, showcases monthly art exhibits. A large scale mural adorns the exterior windows of the office, creating a vibrant public art piece on the building's exterior faºade while providing sun control.á
From the lobby to the board room to the office, the design for showcases strong original shapes and forms and uses budget conscious and sustainable materials in an exciting and creative way. The unique curves of the office walls were inspired by the elliptical shape repeatedly used in the Arts Council's logo. 9 foot high walls, vividly painted, curves around the offices along the store front windows, allows light from the 12' high windows to filter into the central support space. This combination of energy efficient LED lighting affects, a tasteful bright color palette, and original works of art, create an inspiring surrounding and welcoming atmosphere.