The Restaurants at Woodland, Indiana University, Bloomington

The densely wooded area of Bloomington served as the design inspiration for The Restaurants at Woodland, keeping sustainable features and pursuit of LEED Certification high on the priority list. “Really the whole area is naturally a woodland, forest-type of ecosystem [and] on our campus trees are very, very important—so much so that buildings are built around trees,” Frank explains. “When it comes to the design, there are, in very tasteful ways, elements of wood and branches and leaves and things like that. Some of the things that stand out to me are some of the finishes on the lighting and the edges of the tables and in the carpet patterns. You see things that look like wood or are wood and there are live plants in all of the dining rooms. There are [also] booths [with] frosted glass [panels] in between some of them, and sort of melted inside the glass are these skinny branches and twigs and you can see that it’s actual wood. And of course there’s a lot of natural light so you get to see those colors really well.”

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