Author: Luke Ralston
Professor: Jonathan Spodek
Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning
Monument and Museums hold a culture’s creative heritage and preserve memories of contributing artists.
The design’s footprint is rotated 10 degrees off-axis from the city grid, orienting the tower to face the state house, addressing the devaluation of the arts. Art encapsulates emotional power. The power of art is found in viewer’s imaginations and memories, therefore affecting each viewer differently.
Evoking power, the museum’s coherent visible form rests as an island podium, emphasizing the tremendous weight of the gallery spaces above.
Circulation through the museum begins with an elevator ride to the roof garden. From the roof, visitors descend through the galleries using the monolithic stairs. The transitional space becomes a resting point between galleries.
Returning to the ground level, cafes and shops invite visitors to remain around the site to enjoy the rest of their day.
Beneath the tower and spread across the western edge of the site rests the subgrade support programs, including mechanical, administrative, and storage space. Depressing these programmatic spaces allows the gallery tower to stand resolute. A reinforced concrete core and steel cantilever system elevates the galleries, evoking levitation. The monument stand resolute, embodying the power and necessity of the arts in our society.