Columbus Metropolitan Library - Whitehall
A stunningly simple and elegant building form creates heightened public awareness and improved access for the library. An accessible floor system and an open interior layout will accommodate reconfigurations with ease.
This Whitehall Library is the first of two projects that are part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Vision2020, a district-wide building initiative intended to re-create all of the system’s branches in the context of the library of the future. This new library, located on vacant property in Whitehall, had as its overarching goals: 1) maximizing access to customers, 2) creating transparent architecture in an open environment, 3) providing flexible and adaptable spaces, and 4) having a strong presence and becoming a changing agent in a challenged community.
The design was based upon a simple, open and transparent public reading room flanked by adjacent meeting rooms and services. The building is located along a main arterial street and two prominent and opposing entries provide easy access for both pedestrians and vehicles while joining the urban environment with the adjacent neighborhoods. The interior spaces are highly flexible, ensuring the library’s future relevance in a rapidly changing environment of technologies, information access and community needs.
Battery B is a 48,000 square foot, infill apartment building located at the edge of a mixed-use, urban community. The project was built on the vacant corner-block site of a former Jeffrey Mining Company building dating to the 1880’s. The project consists of 4 linked buildings of 2 and 3 stories with 56 residential units arranged along open-air corridors that form an interior courtyard.
The urban design goals were to re-establish the street edges and locate parking to the rear of the building. The architectural goals were to respond to the physical and historical context and create simple, compact living spaces that are highly functional and affordable.
A pair of buildings at the eastern edge of the site is consciously industrial in character with standing seam galvanized metal exteriors and a repetitive saw-tooth roof. A central public entry bisects the east façade and creates access to the apartment entrances and parking behind. Large, hand-painted graffiti murals at the end of each of the buildings make reference to the site’s industrial heritage.
At the courtyard, the building expresses its industrial character in a more playful way with a palette of colors applied with an irregular rhythm to the grid of the fiber cement board apartment façades and with minimalist steel stairs, railings and guardrails.
The Sullivan house utilizes minimalist aesthetics to create a design that is simple and honest. The use of glass creates a design that is airy, showcasing the surrounding wooded expanses.
The Sullivan House is a private residence located high above a deep ravine on a three-acre, wooded suburban lot. The structure is built partly on the remaining foundations of a previous house and has been enlarged to 3,500 square feet.
The project formally references the farm structures common to the area at the time of its first settlement in the early 19th C. The house is composed of a pair of opposing, gabled barn-like structures, simple in form with a heavy timber oak structure. The minimalist expression of this reference creates a strong and clear aesthetic – the basic structure and iconic form are primary. Large expanses of glass expose the timber columns and beams and open the main living areas and master bedroom to the surroundings
True to the minimalist, agrarian aesthetic, the exterior materials and detailing are simple and honest. The main body of the structures is clad in a natural, dark wood siding – Shou Sugi Ban, a charred Douglas fir material akin to a centuries-old hickory. The lower levels, the pair of chimneys and the site walls are built from rough limestone.
Outdoor spaces are integral to the interior spaces and functions of the house. Large sliding glass panels open the length of the interior dining room to the front bluestone dining terrace and garden and a flagstone entry walk.
AIA Ohio Honorable Mention
AIA Columbus Honor Award
The renovated structure has created a new image for Cunz Hall and the College of Public Health and reconnected the building with the surrounding campus. The project will be the first Leed Gold project and first renovation project for the university.
A 1960’s, Brutalist Style structure on the campus of The Ohio State University, has been extensively renovated as the new home of the College of Public Health, with offices, classrooms and bioscience laboratories. The renovations were required to retain the concrete structure and much of the signature Brutalist precast concrete panel exteriors while improving upon a number of deficiencies, including the lack of interior day-lighting, confusing interior circulation, limited contextual relationship, the lack of clarity of the building’s entries that were located on four identical façades, and the aesthetic limitations of this particular example of Brutalist architecture – all this while achieving LEED Gold certification.
The singular move of creating a new north-south orientation led to the resolution of these deficiencies. Precast panels were replaced with a new glass curtain wall and glass canopy above the new north entry and a forty foot deep slot was carved into the south façade. The new glazing, the slot and a 2-story atrium all bring a flood of daylight into the building. A new north-south lobby at each floor connects the north and south entries through the building, providing a clear internal orientation and new exterior views to the campus. New full-height glass stair towers at each entry clearly establish the new points of access – the south serving as the main access for college faculty, staff and students entering from the medical campus and the north serving main campus students accessing the first floor classrooms. The extensive use of glass in the alterations and additions creates a clear distinction between old and new, reinforcing the integrity of the original Brutalist architecture while creating a new and current image for the building and its occupants. The interiors feature perimeter both open offices suites and enclosed offices using demountable partitions with glass panels that bring daylight into the corridors and other interior spaces. LEED design features include all new advanced HVAC systems and controls, the extensive (95%) recycling of nearly all of the demolition and construction materials, the green roof adjacent to the second floor atrium and the new rain garden located in the south entry court. The anticipated LEED Gold certification will be the first such certification and the first LEED renovation project for the university.
AIA Columbus Honor Award 2011
The Brunson Building Lofts
The renovation and addition to the Brunson Building has taken a nearly abandoned historic building and generated a new use and new activity in an area of downtown Columbus ripe for gentrification. The new tower addition creates a successful financial pro forma for the project, a new architectural identity for the building’s new use and an important urban infill of a gap in the downtown neighborhood.
A turn-of-the-century, 12-story office building has been converted to 22 luxury residential condominiums. Beyond the demands of renovating a large-scale historic structure on a tight urban site were the complex aesthetic, structural and functional issues related to the 12-story expansion for additional floor area for the residential units.
JBAD’s expertise in leveraging the building codes for existing structures delivered to the owner a safe, efficient and extremely cost effective renovation design. The firm’s philosophy regarding historic redevelopment led them to create a relationship between the existing and new towers based upon aesthetic ideas of composition and scale rather than the imitation of historic styles. The modern character of the addition creates a bold contrast to the traditional masonry details of its host while the alignment of façade elements in both towers establishes subtle yet precise continuity between old and new.
AIA Ohio Honor Award 2008
American Architecture Award: Best New Building Design in the USA 2007
225 North Fourth Lofts
An underdeveloped, dilapidated urban block will help maximize its potential with this new residential use. The modernist addition relates to its host building in scale but gives the project an up-to-date look with an appropriate urban edge.
The goals of this urban infill project were to retain the historic character of an existing four story brick building while contrasting it with a new, modern addition in the context of a residential conversion in the heart of downtown Columbus. Parking was to be provided on-site and the two structures were to connect at each level, sharing an elevator and exit stairs. Exterior space, city views and a balance between economics and design quality were paramount.
Eleven units were created in both buildings with an efficient steel frame structure inserted into the void. The steel frame is expressed with the projecting full width terrace floors, allowing the exterior walls to consist entirely of glass. Parking is provided on the first floor of the new structure behind a masonry base.
AIA Ohio Design Awards Honor Award 2009
AIA Columbus Merit Award 2006