Indiana University, Willkie Quad Commons Building

Bloomington, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Jacobs Facilities Inc.


    Indiana University

  • AREA

    24,000 sq.ft.





The architect provided Indiana University with a spatial concept to improve functionality and create an inviting environment where students can experience independence, privacy and technology. The architect transformed a 24,300-square-foot commons building between two 11-story residence halls from an outdated dining area to a performing-arts ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$72.92FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas community.

The vestibule’s original black-marble curved wall was preserved and enhanced with etched glass on each side to illuminate a lounge and library beyond. Curves are repeated in lounge carpeting and in a radiused wall that maintains the flow outside the student store and dining area. Pear-wood laminate panels bend along the wall, while recessed wall-washing fixtures further soften the palette. Arrows on the floor tile help direct pedestrian traffic, and are repeated in dining booth fabric.

A dance/recital hall with stage is a multipurpose area. Its diversity is emphasized in bold fabrics that cover acoustical wall panels. The ceiling is a blend of drywall and acoustical panels that provide appropriate sightlines. The vinyl composition tile on the floor complements the acoustical walls with a checkerboard pattern.