Roche Diagnostics Training Center / SOM

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Aiming to provide a new gateway and identity, the two-story, 87,135-square-feet Roche Diagnostics Training Center re-imagines their campus. Designed by SOM, the project just broke ground as it begins to establish a new and consistent brand identity for the Swiss-based pharmaceutical company. The new building’s clean, modern aesthetic embodies Roche’s corporate architectural philosophy and is informed by a 100 year legacy of European design precedents. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA Ranks Columbus, Indiana as US’s 6th Most Architecturally Important City

The 166-foot high campanile, or free-standing bell tower, of The First Christian Church, designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, in Columbus, Indiana. Completed in 1942, it was the first contemporary building in Columbus and one of the first churches of contemporary architecture in the United States. Photo via Flickr User CC clarkmaxwell

New York, San Fran, Chicago…Columbus, Indiana. Which of these doesn’t go with the others? Well, according to the , none. Columbus, Indiana, a small town of about 44,000 has been ranked by the as the nation’s 6th most architecturally important city, right after Washington DC.

So what’s so special about Columbus? Apparently, a 1950s philanthropist by the name of J. Irwin Miller took it upon himself to foot the bill for any new public building in the city. The result? Today, Columbus has more than 70 buildings designed by internationally renowned architects – including I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Harry Weese.

Check out a Video on Columbus “The Athens of the Prairie,” after the break…

Chop Stick / Visiondivision

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Here’s a whole new definition of the phrase “Tree House.”

Visiondivision‘s concession stand for 100 Acres, an Art & Nature Park in , is made entirely from one 100-ft yellow poplar tree. Not only does the trunk form the horizontal beam of the structure, but literally nothing of the tree was left to waste: bark became shingles; extracted pieces of became structural support, chairs and tables, swings; even the bark’s syrup was extracted to be sold in the kiosk itself.

The architects who refined this tree into a building were inspired by an ethos of “gentleness” with nature. As they share in their architects’ brief: “Our project is about trying to harvest something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way—respectful to both the source itself and to everyone visiting the building.”

A video, images, and the architects’ brief, after the break…

Event: Michael Graves to lecture at Notre Dame

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If you’re in the , Indiana, area, mark your calendars! A week from today, the famed architect and designer Michael Graves will present his lecture “A Grand Tour” at the . The lecture will recount his journey, once considered obligatory for a young architect, exploring the great monuments of Europe. As a recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome, Graves traveled through Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, England, Germany, and France, studying and recording the masterworks of both ancient and modern architecture.

This year, the University of Notre Dame awarded Graves with the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, honoring his lifetime contributions to classical and traditional architecture in the modern world. Read all about his nomination here and watch an exclusive ArchDaily interview with the legend here.

‘Riley Sunrise’ Installation for Riley Hospital for Children / PROJECTiONE

With the Simon Family Tower addition still under construction at the Riley Hospital for Children, the installation for hospital is complete, after over a year in the making. Designed by PROJECTiONE, ‘Riley Sunrise’ was designed with the hope that the super-graphics can serve as a pleasant distraction for visitors of the hospital and lead to discussions that can re-focus a conversation towards something positive and uplifting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Indiana Convention Center Expansion / RATIO Architects

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Architect: RATIO Architects
Location: , Indiana,
Project Area: 700,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Zbaren Photography

In 2006, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority selected RATIO Architects to create a major expansion to the Indiana Convention Center as a response to ongoing increased convention and trade show demand. The more than 700,000 sq. ft. expansion includes exhibition space, meeting rooms, and pre-function and support space – all within a tight urban site in the heart of Indianapolis, directly connected to 4,700 hotel rooms and within easy walking distance of restaurants, retail shops and at the head of a new pedestrian/event street. More about the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building after the break.

Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning 2011 Gresham Smith Design Competition Winners

Courtesy of Colin Marshall, Matthew Nichols - Team Award of Excellence

Through the Gresham Smith Competition (an annual program sponsored by Gresham Smith and Partners), the Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture, with support from the College of Architecture and Planning, Indianapolis Center (CAP: IC) has offered to assist the Julia Carson Legacy of Love Foundation in consolidating the objectives of its mission to realize the Julia Carson Community Center by facilitating community participatory engagement through a programmatic and conceptual design competition. More about the project and competition winners after the break.

Coffou Cottage / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: , Indiana
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Christopher Barrett of Hedrich Blessing  

Retreat House / John DeSalvo Design

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Architect: John DeSalvo Design (JDD)
Location: , Indiana, USA
Interior Designer: , Chicago, IL.
General Contractor: Patrick Poland, HP Construction Westville, IN
Landscape Architect: Dune Landscape, Portage IN.
Project Area: 1,400 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Robert Elliot

Transpo’s Emil ‘Lucky’ Reznik Administration, Maintenance & Operations Facility / RNL Design

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Architects: RNL Design
Associate Architects: Forum Architects, Maintenance Design Group
Location: , , USA
Client: South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (TRANSPO)
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 164,200 sqf
Photographs: James Steinkamp, Ken Paul

Thesis = Business: PROJECTiONE

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Recent graduates of the Masters program at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Adam Buente and Kyle Perry have spent the last couple years developing their unique interests and ideas into a of their own. Working with fellow students Elizabeth Boone and Eric Brockmeyer, they began a collaborative graduate thesis project focused on exploring the possibilities of design and fabrication via digital equipment as a platform. After their first year out of school they have begun to independently manage their Indiana based company. PROJECTiONE recently produced the ACADIA competition winner HYPERLAXITY and boast other projects such as EXOtique, bitMAPS, and Radiance. Words and images from the PROJECTiONE team after the break.

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Visiondivision is back with their latest funky design for a concession stand for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.   Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Swedish team has proposed an innovative stand that focuses specifically upon the idea of harvesting “something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way—respectful to both the source itself and to everyone visiting the building,” explained the architects.  The main component of the design features Indiana’s state tree, a yellow poplar measuring 100 ft.   The tree becomes the focus of the project as it runs horizontally, seemingly suspended in midair.

More about the project after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Indianapolis

This week, with the help of our readers, we visited for our Architecture City Guide. Our readers suggested a lot of really nice buildings and we greatly appreciate their help. ’s numerous sporting events and conventions continually draw crowds to this industrious state capital throughout the year. It is only fitting that there is an architecture city guide for its various contemporary buildings. As a seat of government and industry, also boasts a nice variety of historic architecture that is worth seeing. Take a look at the list our readers help put together and add your favorites to the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Indianapolis list and corresponding map after the break.

The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion / Marlon Blackwell Architect

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The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion is the result of a studied relationship between building, land and art, and serves as both a threshold and a destination within the 100 Acres Art & Nature Park at the Museum of Art. An ipe screen lines a steel exoskeleton forming deck, wall and canopy, wrapping programmatic elements. The pavilion is constructed to touch the landscape lightly and allow for the free flow of rain and filtered sunlight through the structure.

Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Location: 100 Acres Art & Nature Park, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana,
Project Area: 1,290 sqf enclosed, 3,041 sqf deck, 3,582 sqf canopy
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

EXOtique / PROJECTiONE

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Architects: PROJECTiONE
Location: , Muncie, Indiana, USA
Photographs: Courtesy of PROJECTiONE

AD Classics: Miller House and Garden / Eero Saarinen

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Completed in 1957 for industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his family in , Indiana, the Miller House and Garden embodies midcentury Modernism in it’s fullest. Architect ‘s steel and glass composition has held together very well, proving the quality and use of materials to be worthy of time.

More on the Miller House and Garden after the break.

Forgotten Cities | Gary, Indiana

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David Tribby, of David Tribby Photography has spent the past few years documenting the abandoned and decaying architecture of , and has shared his collection of work with us. Considering his work, ’s past and ’s present allows us to discuss a broader topic, the possible outcomes for abandoned architecture and their role in today’s urban centers. More of David Tribby’s photographs and a brief narrative after the break.

AD Classics: The Atheneum / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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As in many of the civic and public buildings designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, The built in , Indiana plays a key role in its community.

More on the history of The Atheneum after the break.