Indiana University, Classroom Building

Bloomington, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Rowland Design


    Indiana University

  • AREA

    30,000 sq.ft.





This classroom/office building provides a home for variable uses as programs evolve campuswide. Initially designed to house programs in biology and film production, the building is flexible for the future.

The grade level houses labs and classrooms, and the upper level houses faculty offices and resource centers.

The steel and wood structure is ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$283.33FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized to integrate rationally into an immediate context of residentially scaled structures, as well as the broader historical and material context of the campus. It integrates student learning spaces in and out of the classroom.

Spaces for impromptu student/faculty interaction were incorporated adjacent to primary circulation spines.

“Low initial cost” was critical, and the building’s efficient rectangular plan provides a compact and optimum envelope floor/area ratio.

Daylight and assignable space are maximized. The building is rendered in a variety of Indiana limestone textures, and the sloping roof conceals rooftop mechanicals.

Sustainability is evident in the building control systems, locally sourced materials, finishes and minimized site impact. The building’s mass, proportions and material palette firmly place it within the construction standards on campus.