Architects: Flad Architects and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects
Owner: Indiana University
Contractor: The Hagerman Group
Indiana University is a beautiful campus steeped in a deep wooded setting where majestic buildings of Indiana limestone speak of an enduring legacy through a material of permanence.
The Jacobs School of Music East Studio Building is immediately identifiable as an Indiana University building, incorporating this rich architectural history into the final design.
The inky shadows that fall on this rich stone describe the depth of the institution and become the pallet for artistic expression unique to this place.
As art forms, music and architecture are often compared. Rhythm, proportion, scale, movement, and delight are among the many aspects shared. We experience music through time, as if in listening we move through the music – in many ways it is like our experience of buildings as we move through and around them.
The East Studio Building was designed as a metaphor for the musical experience. A fluid movement of rich textures define our path as we move through the site, continuing into the building in a gently fluid movement. The façade of the building is articulated through the rhythm of the windows and curved stone forms which move our gaze up and around the building, intended to evoke the flow of a musical performance or the movement of a conductor’s baton.
Situated along the south edge of campus, the structure’s corner tower signals entry into the campus and entry into the building. As one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed institutions for the study of music, the East Studio Building plays a key role in educating performers, scholars, and music instructors who influence performance around the globe.
Faculty teaching studios, practice rooms, classrooms, student spaces, and administrative offices are brought together here to extend the school’s rich history into the future.
Photos: Susan Fleck Photography