Indianapolis Public Library Martindale – Brightwood
Inspired by the use of pattern and texture in African Art, the exterior materiality of the library tells the story of a tree going through the four seasons: blooming in Summer, dropping its leaves in Autumn, standing strong through Winter and its rejuvenation in Spring.
Through community engagement and a series of workshops with the community of Martindale-Brightwood, the efforts revealed a desire for the Martindale-Brightwood Library to reflect African American culture, the rich history of the area and the undeniable spirit of the people who call it home. The ultimate goal was for the library to become a neighborhood hub; a safe and welcoming place for community gatherings, seniors to socialize, and for children and teens to spend time in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Located along North Sherman Drive minutes from downtown, a series of nested volumes bring in much needed natural light to the interior through the façade and overhead to provide a connection between the community outside and the patrons / library staff inside. The portals on the east façade create an opportunity to sit, reflect and observe the evolution of the neighborhood while offering passers-by an inspiring glimpse into the collections housed within the library. The Martindale-Brightwood Library is an iconic structure reflective of the people the library serves. It is a place where innovation and discovery reside and serves as a catalyst for growth, rejuvenation, and change.
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
- ClientThe Indianapolis Public Library
- TypeCivic, Culture & Entertainment
- Size15,000 F²
AwardsAIA Indiana | Citation Award2022