We embraced the opportunity to reinvent the site, connect it to the community, and create a boutique hotel. The client had a strong vision — this would be a district, highly integrated into the surrounding neighborhoods and instrumental to the future of Indianapolis. Surrounding streets and sidewalks were rejoined to the city grid, improving vehicle circulation and pedestrian access. The streetscape has been finished in brick pavers and granite curbs flanked with trees.
Throughout the site, we were sensitive and thoughtful with our designs. To accommodate 139 hotel guest rooms for example, we added a third story — to what was originally a two-story footprint. The profile is stepped-back from the street, and a glazing system slopes away from the facade so as not to detract from the original sightlines. By removing the central roof and floor, we also created a new courtyard for guest-room garden views.
Visitors and locals alike will experience the site as both a historic gem and a contemporary gathering place. They’ll peruse the record store, grab a drink or two in the beer hall, get a haircut, or see a film at the arts cinema. A festive atmosphere will spill out from the Garage food hall to the brick-paved pathways, as catenary lights hang overhead. For nearly fifty years, Bottleworks was partitioned off from the public. It was a barrier. Now, it will be a destination.