The owners of this portrait photography and graphic design business set forth the challenge to the architects to design a new facility within a business technology park just north of Indianapolis. This husband and wife team’s first desire was to build a studio in a rural setting. Land costs proved prohibitive to their budget, which led to the acquisition of the property in a technology park in Fishers, Indiana. The family owned business originated in a downtown Indianapolis studio, and the owners desired to retain this urban feel for the interior environment, while knowing they were located in the heart of a suburb.
In the final design, the architects make two simple moves. The studio is contained within a precast concrete box, reflective of other industrial buildings in the park. The second move was to construct a wood frame single story residential scale structure to the south of the larger studio. This collects natural daylight for the office and support functions of the studio. A continuous circulation spine runs the length of the building between these two masses, doubling as the display and art galleries. This creates a strong organizational element while being artfully functional. A dark brick veneer with matching grout color is in dramatic contrast, setting this facility apart from the precast concrete of the studio and surrounding industrial park.