Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf’s Principal Jonathan Hess and the entire team was honored with the 25-Year Award for our design of The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The award was presented at the 2016 AIA Kentucky/Indiana Convention & Trade Show during the Celebrating Design Awards Reception & Presentation on Sept. 15.
About the project:
This 80,000-square-foot museum houses a broad collection of Native American and Western American art. An award-winning building, it reflects the mass and color common in adobe and pueblo architecture, yet it has a more monolithic character and monumental sense of scale. Veined dolomite and accents of sandstone were selected as finish materials to reflect the spirit of the indigenous colors of the American Southwest.
The museum includes permanent galleries to display its extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and other cultural art objects. Other key elements include a gallery to accommodate traveling exhibits, collections storage, other support areas and a 3,000-square-foot gift shop.
The latest phase of the Eiteljorg Museum’s expansion was the addition of 43,000 square feet comprised of new gallery space, educational classrooms and a large interior sculpture court immediately north of the original museum building. With this expansion the museum allowed the opportunity to directly access the nearby canal-an attractive water feature in downtown Indianapolis-for the first time. Exterior courtyards enable the display of large-scale sculpture and encourage the canal users to visit the museum. This expansion was preceded by construction of an underground parking for approximately 200 automobiles below the front yard of the museum and the creation of a new entry into the facility from the parking system. The new entry utilizes similar architectural forms and materials, providing an elegant connection to the original museum building.