A new shared facility for Indiana University’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design is currently under construction on the Bloomington campus. The facility is being built from a rediscovered Mies van der Rohe design originally created in 1952.
The 10,000-sf, two-story building was adapted for contemporary use by Thomas Phifer and Partners and will sit at the center of the Bloomington campus. The Mies Building for the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design will be a 60-foot-wide, 140-foot-long rectangular structure with thin white-painted steel and expansive glass panes measuring 10 sf.
Floor-to-ceiling windows will wrap the entire second story to provide the impression of transparency throughout the building. The second floor will also feature a central exterior square atrium. Much of the lower level is open to the air, with the second, main story elevated above the ground plane.
The building design has a strong relationship with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and the massing and form of many of his early concepts for building at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
The facility is scheduled to open in fall 2021.