Ohio State Bank
Situated on a property vacant for decades, The Ohio State Bank is an iconic urban infill building that fills a long-awaited role as the western gateway to the historic city of Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, and the terminus of the city’s small-scale commercial corridor. The project also serves as the inaugural headquarters for the new retail bank as well as additional commercial office tenants.
The architecture recognizes the familiar American model of the small-scale, stand-alone branch bank and, specifically, the early modernist references from the mid-20th C. As an urban interpretation of this often suburban typology, the bank maintains the urban street corner with highly transparent facades that open the two-story banking lobby directly to the street. Those three-story glazed facades feature aluminum brise soleil fins and a folding cedar-clad wall and soffit that continues into the bank hall ceiling, emphasizing the connection between inside and out and expressing the contemporary model of the retail banking business as an accessible and transparent community resource. An offset pattern of punched window openings organizes the white brick facades and the cedar siding appears again as cladding for the stair and elevator core adjacent to the primary public entry to the north. Surface parking and a drive-through window are also located to the north.
The interiors utilize a minimalist palette of concrete, wood and glass with ceramic tile accents applied with many fine-grained, highly developed details. The focus of the two-story bank hall is the wood slat ceiling that creates a continuous folded plane from the exterior soffit to the vertical interior wall to the customer service area ceiling, ultimately directing that focus to the service counter. Open office space and an enclosed, transparent conference room are organized along the south façade. The second floor, also occupied by the bank, is visible to the main bank hall. Glazed ceramic tile highlight specific moments such as the elevator core and the custom bank service counter.
The project is a renovation and addition to a 4,400 sf 1968 house on the east bank of the Scioto River. The scope of the renovation included a new kitchen and dining with an addition at the dining space, and new finishes, paint, flooring, decorative and functional lighting, at the living and family rooms. The living room also included a bar at the east end of the space.
The owners selected the house in part because of the stunning site and access to the river, so enhancing that connection was a primary driver of the project. After in-depth discussions, we identified the following design priorities for the project: 1) views and openness to the river side of project wherever possible, 2) quality natural daylight, 3) transforming the interesting but dark and heavy house into a clean, flowing, modern space while harmonizing with the house elements to remain.
One primary move (planned for a future phase) was to relocate the primary entry back to the east side, where it had been originally located, and also to enhance this new entry with a double-height stair hall cutting across the project. This dramatic and transparent space would present the river and landscape beautifully and dramatically upon entry, with the view blossoming as one enters the space and descends the stair. And, by cutting across the topography, the move makes experiential the gentle roll of the hill down to the river, physically engaging one’s body with the site.
Penzone Salon + Spa
The Penzone Salon and Spa at Polaris is the latest in the brand to employ the salon’s new concept. The project includes the renovation of an existing stand-alone salon located in a commercial corridor of suburban Columbus. The renovation scope included the lobby and retail space, hair salon, nail salon, spa and employee lounge. The 12,000 SF space, previously renovated in 1999, was updated to reflect the company’s new approach towards beauty and wellness, focusing both on traditional beauty-shop services as well as holistic health and wellbeing.
The interior design takes minimalist aesthetic with a black and white material palette. Spaces are configured to create legibility, transparency and openness with long one-point perspective views and a layering of functional spaces. Branding and merchandising are a given in these environments and accomplished here with a purposeful, restrained and graphic approach. The interior lighting combines both performance lighting and decorative lighting and is ambient to support the interior legibility and focused at points of service. Most aesthetic service points are located along exterior walls to maximize daylighting.
The salon features a large welcome lobby that promotes a sense of community with seating, a coffee & alcohol bar, makeup and beauty service stations, expanded retail, and a new “try-me bar” concept to showcase featured products. The hair salon, previously comprised of closed individual bays separated by tall casework, has been opened up to enable artists and clients to interact and share ideas, stories and inspiration, with the color-mixing bar as the focal point where clients can now sit and observe the artists at work. The spa and nail salon have their own quieter, more private lobby, located behind closed doors to create a calm and relaxing ambiance. The salon also features a flex space, a 560 SF room for a rotating series of social events, yoga, pop up retail and more.
Factory No. 6 Stair Detail
Factory No. 6 is a historic, late 20C. structure originally built as a shoe factory and most recently renovated as a creative office building. The renovations consisted mostly of restorations to the building’s interiors in order to reveal its authentic structure, materials and details. Original wood floors were uncovered and lightly refinished, ceilings were exposed and years and layers of drywall, vinyl tile and wood paneling removed. Some of the original Industrial Revolution Era iron line shaft and leather belt machinery remains.
Just as the original structure was modified over many decades (a rear “L” shaped addition, a 4th floor extension) the current owner/architect has made certain modifications to the building where necessary and in ways true to its raw, industrial aesthetic. An example is this simple hot rolled steel stair railing detail fabricated to integrate into the existing single-run central stair. The unfinished steel plate was cut, bent, and welded into 3 components and then bolted to the existing stair structure. It supports an extension of the original pinewood handrail as it terminates at the ground floor. A steel plate brace is connected and bolted to the existing stair riser to stabilize the 550 lb. plate.
The Townhaus is a high-end residential townhouse project located in a historic, urban neighborhood of Columbus near downtown and adjacent to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a major employer of the area.
The Townhaus is an infill residential condominium project located on a previously vacant property in the historic, dense, urban neighborhood of Schumacher Place on Columbus’ south side. This project is an affirmative response to the organic range of architectural typologies, scales and materials in this historic urban context with references to the 1 story brick cottages across the street, the adjacent 2 story stucco residences and the small scale historic commercial buildings with industrial sash windows nearby. The formal rhythm of its massing is intentionally syncopated and irregular – a complex interpretation of these simple urban residential typologies.
Two buildings of five attached homes each (totaling ten townhomes) are sited to hold the urban street edges with a buffer of green space along the perimeter and an interior auto court hidden from public view. The main volumes and the recessed entries alternate with painted brick and stucco. Open 2nd and 3rd floor roof decks with downtown views are located at the rear of the units. The masonry and metal roofing and window details are minimalist interpretations of the historical standards.
The simple floor plans include ground floor kitchen and living areas with 2 car garages and upper floor bedrooms and roof decks, all connected with an open, straight-run stair hall.
View on Grant
The View on Grant is an urban, mixed-use residential project in a recently resurgent neighborhood of downtown Columbus with warehouse conversions and two college campuses.
The project includes the adaptive reuse of an existing 5-story cast-in-place concrete and masonry structure (ca. 1902) with a 3-story, cantilevered rooftop addition and a 5-story north extension. The new use includes 86 market-rate apartments with indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, including a public coffee shop in the resident lobby and a semi-automated mechanical parking system. The rooftop addition is constructed of light gage metal framing above a structural steel transfer floor.
The design premise is a parabuilding that presents a vertical addition as a parasite to the host structure. The bright metal cladding of the addition provides contrast to the dark painted brick warehouse structure and its 12’ cantilever and shaped roof edge create a profile that takes advantage of the long views of the site from various vantage points around the city. Excised portions of the addition that provide common and private terraces are contrasted in bright orange as are the large steel plate shrouds at the building entry and café. The café occupies what once was the building’s loading dock and reintroduces the building’s industrial heritage with a steel beam canopy and a repurposed iron gantry system at the ceiling and stair railings.
AIA Columbus Honor Award (2018)