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One Indiana Square by Gensler

One Indiana Square by Gensler

For years, Gensler has been at the top of the game for interior architecture but not really known for buildings and exteriors… and you know, I can totally relate.  When you become really successful at one thing, that’s all people tend to think of you for.  Breaking out of that proverbial mold can often be harder than starting from scratch.  I’ve been  pushing to develop my own exteriors portfolio for the last year and I hope I can be as successful working outside as this long-time client has.

I had the pleasure of hearing about the recladding of this 36-story building in Indianapolis from Sasha Zeljic, an architect who spends his time between Chicago and Shanghai, as we discussed how to best capture the essence of the building.  Its overall character is immediately apparent, but the details of its interesting second skin only become visible close up.

In 2006, the building’s façade was damaged when a severe wind storm came through downtown Indianapolis and Gensler came up with the scheme to create a new glass and metal exterior which would extend 18 inches off of the original structure and update the esthetics of a building that has seen a few less successful transformations in years past.

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4 Comments
  • Liam Strain
    Posted at 10:31h, 14 December

    That’s funny – I just got a message from my dad that he was moving back into his old office in this building on the 35th floor.

    Nice shots Chris.

  • chris
    Posted at 17:53h, 14 December

    Thanks, Liam. This shoot drove me nuts! On the first trip down, we got like three shots and planned to finish in the morning. The morning brought rain and we headed back to Chicago with 3 shots accomplished. On my next trip, I got up at 3am to get there by sunrise, but the sun never rose. I waited around for two hours then headed back to Chicago. I pulled over for gas 60 miles north of Indy and saw blue skies to the east. Made it back to Indy just in time to see the clouds parting and finished the rest of the shoot.

    Ahh…. the glamorous life!

  • Sasha Zeljic
    Posted at 23:56h, 02 January

    Great Photos Chris. Night shoot is my faworite.

  • chris
    Posted at 08:47h, 03 January

    Thanks Sasha, I like that shot quite a bit too. I just updated my portfolio and it’s the new opener. Also, I’ve done some “sketches” of Block 37 I’ll send your way shortly.

    -Chris