PROJECTS / URBAN DESIGN + PLANNING
JW Marriott / Convention Center Complex
When Indianapolis was selected to host the Super Bowl in 2011, new public spaces were needed for visitors and spectators alike. Landstory’s focus became the design of a myriad of public spaces formed by the new Marriott Hotel campus, the public plaza along West Washington Street and the Convention Center Ballroom facility. The White Art Plaza formed by the facades of the JW Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites, incorporated three important Indiana state symbols; the flower, tree and bird. A forty foot stylized red cardinal, the state bird, appears to be perched on a decorative tulip branch, the state tree. The tulip tree is reflected in the decorative pavement surrounding the cardinal sculpture. Parallel to the street is a mosaic water wall depicting fields of peonies, the state flower. The patterns of the surface pavement along West Street are oriented to reinforce views of significant facilities nearby, including the Indiana State Office Building, the Eiteljorg Museum and White River State Park.