Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.
Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that “over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.
The building’s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose—to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public amenity that does double duty as a robust piece of green infrastructure.”
It's a beautiful building. I was on a construction tour with the local AIA and also attended the public opening to showcase the art that was commissioned and/or installed.
The quality of light throughout is wonderful. The views out are fantastic, but it's SO narrow that it also reads as transparent and glowing on the street looking in, from all directions.
The extruded angles wrapping the parking garage are lovely, and the whole place is a testament to Cummins' attitude towards technology and beautiful design being able to co-habitate.
The sitework is gorgeous, too. Definitely a great amenity for the city. If I teach again in the future I'll definitely use this as a good example of one of my personal pet peeves that tends to get ignored in school: the treatment of the ground plane as a significant aspect of the overall design.
IT is a beautiful building but I feel that the office tower/low rise building connection is a tad awkward in the axon rendering
Difficult to judge a building from just a render and two photographs, all taken from great distance. Here's the lobby, nice chandeliers:
Front, Inc. as facade architect and Ratio as architect of record deserve some credit too.
archanonymous, here the entire credit list, via dberke.com:
Deborah Berke Partners– design architect and interior designer
Ratio Architects – architect of record
Land Collective – landscape architect
Robert Silman Associates – design structural engineer
Fink Roberts & Petrie, Inc. – structural engineer
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. – design mep engineer
Circle Design Group, Inc. – mep engineer
Atelier 10 – sustainability consultant
Front, Inc. – facade consultant
One Lux Studios – lighting designer
F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc – construction manager
I'm not sure that renaissance refers to the building as a style as much as a catalyst for increased investment in that part of the city- or as a signifier of change. The Porter House by SHoP is another example.
It was one of the first significant "interventions" in the meatpacking district and helped to make the Highline viable - proof of a desired user group moving into the area).
So perhaps Cummings is proof of life and a renaissance in downtown Indy.
Your comment is accurate, Marc. But it's also more complex than that.
Cummins, the company, is very Hoosier in that it's somewhat humble, one could say, but very serious and concerned with doing things well and right the first time, rather than just making a quick buck.
Cummins' dedication to good design - both on their own very pragmatic work on engine technology AND on the more poetic side of beautiful aesthetics - has had a large but largely unrecognized influence on design in the US at large. For Indianapolis, to have Cummins bring some of that attitude of quality and serious investment in a community to THIS city, not just to their own little Athens on the Prairie down in Columbus, is, in fact, sparking some of the local business community to take a closer look at design, public space, art...all of those hard-to-quantify aspects of human community and commerce that are seeing a resurgence in *some* parts of the economic world right now.
(Assuming trump's Republican-led destruction of the NEA/H doesn't destroy it all in the goal of saving a trillionaire a dollar on his taxes, of course.)
I'm sure the 'renaissance' of the meat packing district had more to do with it's incredible housing stock, it's location near many desirable neighborhoods, and it being in Manhattan. That being said, if this is a sign of Indianapolis's 'Renaissance', then I'm all for it. Just took a gander in google maps and it looks like a lovely town. It has enough historic fabric to give it that magical 'sense of place' that so many people are looking for. Hopefully they will infill before tearing down too much more.
To the building in question, I can see that it's nicely crafted for it's type, but that's what will make it very unlikely it will be repeated (assuming a street of these is desirable). I'd like to see architects working out a design vocabulary and construction method that would address the hardi-plank apartments going up. Like Indy's fabric, it's the quality of the humble buildings that make a place special.