The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion

The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, Indianapolis - USA, Marlon Blackwell Architect
Address: 100 Acres Art & Nature Park, The Indianapolis Museum of Art | INDIANAPOLIS-INDIANA | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 39.7682, -86.158

The Visitor’s Pavilion provides a place of reflection and assessment, a place of questioning what has been directly experienced by the visitor and of what was observed, or not, of the processes — natural and cultural — at work within the Art + Nature Park. It too serves as a threshold for those entering the park from the Indianapolis greenway system. Educational activities for a few or fifty persons help visitors gain a deeper, and perhaps, even more, meaningful understanding of the relationships between conditions nature-made and man-made. Positioned lightly upon the earth, detached with column supports, a horizontal frame structure in tension as much as compression. A continuous perforated surface of IPE wood slats forms a semi-transparent envelope of deck, wall, and roof, supported by a steel exoskeleton, allowing light and moisture to filter through it. The folded planes of the envelope sandwich glass enclosed program elements. The low-slung form of the pavilion, bathed in dappled light, hovering above the forest floor, acts as an apparition in the woods.

Project Team: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA; Jonathan Boelkins, Chris M. Baribeau, AIA; Gail Shepherd, AIA; Meryati Johari Blackwell, Mark Rukamathu , Matt Griffith, AIA; Mark Wise, Michael Pope, David Tanner, Angela Carpenter, Ignacio Gonzalez, Stephen Reyenga, Bradford Payne
Landscape Architect: The Landscape Studio, Ed Blake; NINebark ,Eric Fulford & Ann Reed
Consulting Engineer: Guy Nordenson & Associates Structural Engineers, L’Acquis Consulting
Engineers: Cripe Architects & Engineers
General Contractor: Geupel DeMars Hagerman



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