Indiana University Jacobs School of MusicBloomington, Indiana

The new East Studio of the internationally acclaimed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University further enhances the school’s world-class reputation, providing practice and office space befitting a school of Jacobs’ stature. The new facility accommodates 84 faculty teaching studios, as music practice rooms, and administrative and Dean’s offices.

In addition to the East Studio Building, the project involved an addition to the Music Arts Center to include two large rehearsal spaces and percussion rehearsal space. This project is certified LEED Gold.

Browning Day was Architect and Landscape Architect-of-Record. Flad Architects were the design architect.

Browning Day’s landscape architects provided leadership on master plan and coordinated the utility relocation planning for the East Studio Building. Responsibilities included the site and landscape design for a 5.25-acre site with a 20-foot grade change. Great care was taken to embrace existing campus structures and merge the design with its surrounding. To that end, the campus walk connections align with features on the opposite side of Jordan Avenue, located on the west side of the site.

The design created a corner plaza that serves both as a campus space and an arts district gateway at a major entrance to campus, while effectively dealing with accessibility issues from one corner of the site to the main level of the new building.

A west patio space that relates to daily student ingress and egress was provided at the building proper, in addition to areas that can be used for new student orientation. On the south end, a terraced landscape area exposes the lower level studios to daylight and provides great “subterranean” views. A roundabout with barrier-free access was provided for drop-off and allows easy access to the building for transporting large instruments. The north entry is graced with a circular passive garden and lawn area featuring a variety of outdoor recreational spaces.