25 Nov 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.