Deborah Berke Partners’ tower for Cummins Indianapolis with shifted floor plates

The Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters is a glass office tower in Indianapolis with unique projections which jut out from its facade. Built on the site of a former sports arena, it occupies a four-acre block which runs along Market Street, a major thoroughfare and cultural district in Indianapolis, creating what the office describes as a “street wall.” The building serves as a global distribution HQ for Cummins. That corporation has in the past contributed to the architectural beautification of the city of Columbus, Indiana by enlisting for its office-building purposes the services of architects like Eero Saarinen and IM Pei. The structure, by our friends at Deborah Berke Partners, which contains offices, social areas, conference facilities and retail volumes, was conceived as a narrow, long, and short (nine-storey) building with shifting floorplates, some of which cantilever outwards, giving the facade its distinctive look.

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