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AIA Columbus Announces 2016 Architecture Award Winners

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Once again, the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Columbus) has recognized the best in local architectural design with their annual awards program. This year, five designs were awarded Merit Awards and Honor Awards.

The five award recipients include:

Margaret M. Walter Wing (Columbus Museum of Art) – Honor Award
Owner/Client: Columbus Museum of Art
Architect: DesignGroup
Photo: Brad Feinknopf


Project Description: “
This two-story building project consists of three parts: a major addition of nearly 62,000 square feet, a major renovation of the CMA’s 32,000-square-foot 1974 Wing addition, and associated site work related to a new main entrance, sculpture garden, and dependent outdoor spaces. The design team asked a series of questions about the relationship of a museum to contemporary culture and the importance of a museum’s physical relationship to the city and its citizens. The building design is a reflection of the answers to the questions, in addition to CMA’s stated ambition to be more visible, relevant, and connected to the community as a meeting point between art, the public, and the physical city.”

Sullivan Residence – Honor Award
Owner/Client: The Sullivan Family
Architect: Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design
Photo: Brad Feinknopf


Project Description: “
The Sullivan House is a private residence located 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 Century. 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.”

50-2 BRICKEL – Merit Award
Owner/Client: Connie Klema
Architect: Lincoln Street Studio with GRA+D Architects
Photo: Brad Feinknopf


Project Description: 
”50-2 Brickel refigures a dilapidated concrete block structure to become a pair of 1,900 sf townhomes in Columbus’ Short North/Italian Village neighborhood. The deteriorated concrete block service garage had operated well beyond its useful lifespan, and was left with only a macabre collection of dead mice, dead cars, and legends of a dead employee found in the back. The client had purchased the building and wanted to revive it as a pair of urban townhomes. The existing building was a challenge – a partially collapsed roof, buckled floors, and cracked exterior wall, but the location was ideal. The 40’ x 80’ site is tucked away on a sleepy alley off the beaten path, but very close to the epicenter of city life in Columbus’ Short North/Italian Village neighborhood. The project would also support other recent changes that would nudge what was previously an ignored alley toward a neighborhood path that was friendlier to foot traffic than automobiles.”

NBBJ Columbus – Merit Award
Owner/Client: NBBJ
Architect: NBBJ
Photo: Sean Airhart


Project Description: “We created an environment that supports entrepreneurialism, creative thinking, experimentation and innovation, a design that fosters a workplace ecosystem of interrelated settings, providing users with a range of spaces that support multiple work modes. The idea space is a place where creativity erupts. Through the relaxed, casual spirit, a buzz of energy is generated. The space is a collaborative playground – walls become tools for communication, rooms flex and move to conform to current needs. It’s playful, messy and beautiful. It’s work. Our vision was to leverage the firm’s office move to enhance its creative culture and strategically position its local brand as an ambassador of design and agent of transformational thinking with clients, industry partners and the community. We created a space that showcases the firm’s work, culture, people and process, immersing visiting clients in their creative habitat. We developed a design vocabulary that reflects the unique ethos of Columbus while celebrating the rich design history and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Midwest.”

Sullivant Hall & Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum – Merit Award
Owner/Client: The Ohio State University
Architect: Acock Associates Architects
Photo: Brad Feinknopf


Project Description: “Sullivant Hall was built in 1913 for the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society. Time, numerous additions and renovations created an aging and dysfunctional academic building, now owned by The Ohio State University. The challenge was to transform an inward looking and opaque 100-year- old museum building into a transparent, interdisciplinary building filled with special and dramatic spaces. It was also an opportunity to re-establish the relationship between this building, the City and the Campus, and to make it once again an important gateway building at the crucial High Street/15th Avenue intersection. The two primary facades and their entrances, one facing the city and High Street to the East, and the other facing the Campus and the Wexner Plaza to the north would be key in addressing this “Town/Gown” relationship.”

For more information, visit www.aiacolumbus.org.

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