IM Pei's Eskenazi Museum renovated with subtle additions in Indiana - architecture and design

IM Pei's Eskenazi Museum renovated with subtle additions in Indiana



A 1980s building designed by the late architect IM Pei to house Indiana University's art collection has received a sensitive update by Ennead Architects and architect Susan T Rodriguez that includes a new skybridge.
The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art is located at Indiana University's campus in Bloomington, a city in the southern part of Indiana.
The museum occupies a 112,000-square-foot (10,405-square-metre) concrete building designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, who died last year at the age of 102.
According to the institution, the $30 million (£23.2 million) project is intended to "underscore the museum's position as one of the preeminent teaching museums in the country for generations to come".

The buff-toned building, which opened in 1982, consists of two wings. One is trapezoidal in plan at the ground level, while the other is triangular. The wings are linked by a central atrium, which also is triangular. A gridded glass ceiling brings natural light into the lofty atrium, which features a grand staircase and concrete surfaces.
The museum embarked on a renovation in order to expand its exhibition and study space, strengthen the connection between the two wings, and update various systems.

The renovation was overseen by the New York firm Ennead Architects under the leadership of founding partner Susan T Rodriguez, who has since established an eponymous practice.
The architect of record was Indianapolis firm Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf,...
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