JPR was commissioned by the James Foundation to provide a cultural and civic plaza for the City of Auburn, Indiana. Designed to be used as a gathering space, this multi-purpose plaza can be utilized by large groups for both performances and festivals, as well as smaller groups and individuals wanting more intimate seating. The Cultural Plaza provides opportunities for art and sculptural pieces to be displayed throughout the site, and a performance stage with an overhead canopy is in the northwest corner. Auburn’s rich automobile history is echoed in the small details and decorative walls, utilizing a variety of shapes and profiles throughout the space. In addition, the plaza is paved with permeable pavers to retain the stormwater on-site.
The central plaza serves as an audience space, as well as a location for farmer’s market, festival vendors, and additional parking for events.