Administrators at Indiana University wanted to create an iconic look for its new training and practice facility adjacent to its basketball arena, Assembly Hall.
The goal was to create a design with its own signature look while complementing the nearby facility.
Designers created a building that echoes Assembly Hall’s vaulted theme and buff concrete color with a more ethereal appearance.. Architectural precast concrete panels finished with a finish that references native limestone without trying to replicate it.
The building is characterized by a succession of ten structural concrete arches that span the building volumes. Forming the base of the building is a thermally efficient enclosure of high-performance insulated wall panels. The panels include 2 inches of rigid XPS foam insulation to achieve an R-10 value.
A precast fascia forms a soffit around the transition from the second-floor offices, similar to the larger panels around the courts.