2015 AIA Indiana Indianapolis Excellence In Architecture Award Winners

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Citation Award - Historic Preservation/Restoration 

Project Architect - RATIO Architects, Inc.

Project Name - Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury liked the fact they did not try to preserve non-functioning spaces like the natatorium and in doing so, created modern, flexible spaces utilizing the footprint of the existing structure. It seemed like more of an adaptive re-use of parts of the building in order to accommodate the needs of its current users. Jurors loved the painted blue steel structure with the graphics of the school to give it a bright and modern interior. 

 

 

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Citation Award - Interior Architecture/Fit-Out 

Project Architect - AXIS Architecture + Interiors 

Project Name - The Taxman Brewing Co., Bargersville, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury noted the simple treatment of existing materials sandblasted and exposed in tandem with the refined new finishes and barn wood table tops achieves the architect and client's goal of a "rustic, yet modern aesthetic." Opening up the floor to a lofted space was a good move for visually connecting the seating spaces. Jurors were enticed by the exterior elevations of materials and branding along with the blurb about the patio.

 

 

 

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Citation Award - Interior Architecture/Fit-Out 

Project Architect - DAVID RAUSCH STUDIO 

Project Name - The Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury took note of the simple move of cutting a passageway through the existing sanctuary to connect to the entrance and open the space up to its smaller functions for clearer circulation. The fact that this flows around the locally sourced stone wall referencing the Western Wall gives it mass and tactility. Use of FSC eucalyptus wood, day lighting with original clerestory windows, upgrading to LEDs, and using recycled content and local materials shows their commitment to sustainability.

 

 

 

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Citation Award - Interior Architecture/Fit-Out 

Project Architect - RATIO Architects, Inc. 

Project Name - The Indianapolis Headquarters Building for RATIO Architects, Inc., Indianapolis, IN 

Jury Comments - The renovated interior from the street is exceptionally alluring and contrasting to the existing building, which is a difficult achievement for an interior project. The project showcases reused and recycled materials and encourages people to take the stairs with its beautiful and inviting new stair that cuts through the space. The openness and lighting works well for collaboration and future flexibility for office configuration.

 

 

 

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Citation Award - Renovation/Addition 

Project Architect - arcDESIGN architecture + interiors 

Project Name - The Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury loved the concept of reusing a big box store. There seemed to be a clear organization of the new space and circulation. The new building forms were almost reminiscent of a new big box store with a large same height building with a flat roof, but here, broken into two with a canopy between and ample glazing. The narrative spoke of landscaping and trails, but these were seemingly cut off by parking and will most-likely make them less used and appreciated than if they were integrated with the building design. Jurors were excited about the reuse of the space and how this could be translated into ways of adapting big box stores across the country.

 

 

 

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Citation Award - Renovation/Addition  

Project Architect - CSO Architects, Inc. 

Project Name - The Columbus East High School, Columbus, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury noted the new main entrance makes a definite presence and statement for the building while opening up the front as a place to congregate, meet, and sit on the steps. This also achieves the ability to secure a single front entrance and provide accessibility and visibility to those coming and going. The flexible spaces and collaborative areas offer much better daylight and lighting with enhanced connectivity to adjacent spaces. Interiors are bright and inviting, especially the painted orange structure and ducts, and selective walls against the white and natural wood.

 

 

 

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Merit Award - Interior Architecture/Fit-Out 

Project Architect - arcDESIGN architecture + interiors 

Project Name - The 201 North Delaware design studio for arcDESIGN, Indianapolis, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury noted this collaborative and more open, day lit office maintains the character of the historic building and exposes its brick and plaster while giving it a modernized, yet playful interior with chalkboard sliding doors and re-purposed factory windows. The design of the furniture and lighting is simple yet elegant in raw materials like the bent metal desk top of the collaborative work station and welded steel guardrails. Jurors like that the architect used local artists for custom steel work and was creative with signage and restroom decor to make a unique space that fosters creativity and collaboration.

 

 

 

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Merit Award - New Building, less than $5 million construction cost 

Project Architect - DAVID RAUSCH STUDIO 

Project Name - Landscapes Unlimited, Zionsville, IN 

Jury Comments - A raw material palette and exposed details delighted the jurors. Appropriate building to their profession as a learning tool for clients and employees with landscaping, rainwater irrigation, and eco roof. Simple building with tactile and warm experience. The architecture is built with the landscape, like the tree that will grow through the roof opening, in a simple and modest solution. Well-done AND on budget.

 

 

 

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Merit Award - New Building, less than $5 million construction cost 

Project Architect - Tim Gray, AIA, and Lucas Brown in conjunction with the Ball State University Department of Architecture 

Project Name - GRID Farm: In Support of Urban Farming and Community Education, Indianapolis, IN   

Jury Comments - The submission did a thorough job of showing the design process, context, site conditions, and goals. The end design was unique, well-thought out with careful attention to details and constructability. The involvement of students is key to the project's success in being an educational model and site for continued learning. The goal of the project is key toward food security, climate action, and community building for the underserved. The triple bottom line for sustainability is showcased and gives a great narrative for not only the design but the community to learn from.

 

 

 

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Honor Award - New Building, less than $5 million construction cost

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Inaugural ‘Excellence’ Award - This year the AIA Indianapolis Excellence Awards Committee elected to present a new award to honor the standout submission among all the winning projects.  

Project Architect - RATIO Architects, Inc. 

Project Name - The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, Evansville, IN 

Jury Comments - The jury noted the clear concept and sketch with an elegant and unique material palette.  The reference to the history of the mounds is a good segue-way to the past, inviting exploration of displayed artifacts. Jurors loved the simplicity of form with expressive elements like the simple stair and railing art curving around the planetarium space.

 

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