FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

Bloomington, Indiana 2018



Visual arts, performing arts, event, and research center


Construction complete

FAR, a center for contemporary arts provides a new cultural hub for downtown Bloomington, Indiana and the region. The facility is organized around a visual arts gallery, Pictura Gallery picturagallery.com, showing contemporary fine art photography from artists internationally. Other parts of the facility include a versatile performing arts space for musical and theatrical performances, an outdoor gathering space, and a research library. The building was a renovation of an historic brick building formally a municipal vehicle maintenance garage. A zinc-clad addition was added to provide additional space for support facilities. Simple expression of form, coupled with rich, high quality material articulate an artistic, museum-like spirit to the facility. Puzzello Architecture Practice acted as architect of record and provided architectural design support and technical development for the project.






















































Lead Designer:

Malane Benedetto, Providence, RI

Project team: Lauren Bordes, Evan Cerilli



Puzzello Architecture Practice, Indianapolis

Project team: Paul Puzzello, Frank Spence

Structural Design:

Puzzello Architecture Practice, Indianapolis

HVAC Design:

Commercial Service, Bloomington, IN

Lighting Consultant:

ESL/Spectrum Inc., Indianapolis

Electrical Design:

David Langdon, David Staggs, Bloomington, IN

Plumbing Design:

Puzzello Architecture Practice, Indianapolis

Code Consultant:

J&T Consulting, Indianapolis

General Contractor:

Foursquare Construction, Bloomington, IN


Lauren Bordes