INDIANA UNIVERSITY METZ BICENTENNIAL GRAND CARILLON | Bloomington, IN
2020 | Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design in collaboration with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

Marking the intersection of Music, Landscape, History and Student Life, the design for the new Grand Carillon seeks to establish a symbol of the University’s Bicentennial, a new focal point on campus and place of gathering.  The structure will be designed to accommodate 65 bells weighing approximately 88,000 pounds.  Its new location at the heart of campus, set within the Arboretum, will recast the landscape as an outdoor concert hall with the Grand Carillon as its centerpiece.  The site lies at a crossroads of campus movement at the confluence of three existing campus pathways.  The overall configuration of the carillon is defined by six limestone piers that form the primary structure of the tower.  A series of smaller vertical fins will complete the radial framework of the structure above. Horizontal steel rings will visually and structurally unify the tower and provide lateral bracing.  The overall ensemble will support the instrument – bass, treble bells and playing cabinet — suspended aloft.  The  new outdoor room created below the tower’s structure will be a “hotspot” accessible by students going to and from classes. Follow the construction progress here.

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INDIANA UNIVERSITY BICENTENNIAL CARILLON

A monumental instrument at the heart of campus

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