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AIA Columbus Announces 2015 Architecture Award Winners

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The Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Columbus) announced last night the seven winners of their annual architecture awards competition. Over 45 entries were submitted (PDF), and the final results included six Central Ohio projects with another in Miamisburg, Ohio.

“The submissions are examples of the wide variety of projects Central Ohio architects are building and designing throughout the United States and world,” said Gwen Berlekamp, Executive Director at AIA Columbus.

The seven award recipients include:

OhioHealth Neuroscience Center, Columbus
OhioHealth, Owner
NBBJ, Design Architect
Photography: Eduard Hueber, Archphoto


Project Explanation:
 The OhioHealth Neuroscience Center represents a approach to care unlike any other, by fostering collaboration between disciplines, providing greater convenience, and better patient outcomes overall. A key project priority was to design an environment that redefined the patient experience, promoted advanced methods of care, and positioned the hospital as a new regional landmark. Program components include: 224 single-bed patient rooms, diagnostic and treatment facilities, 8 neuro ORs, two stereotactic radiosurgery vaults, three interventional radiology labs, and renovation for three new open heart ORs.

Battery B, Columbus
JDS Companies, Owner
Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, Design Architect
Photography: Brad Feinknopf


Project Explanation: 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 1880s. The project consists of four 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.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Whitehall Branch, Whitehall
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Owner
Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, Architect of Record
Photography: Brad Feinknopf


Project Explanation: The new Whitehall Library is a 19,500-square-foot new branch library located on 3 acres along a main arterial road in a suburban community in Columbus. The building was conceived as a new generation library, going beyond the traditional role as a repository of books and serving as a vital community center, a technological portal to information and a source for lifelong learning. The design goals are simple: The building should be inviting, accessible, transparent, open and flexible. This creates a hyperlegability where building access, functions and wayfinding are simultaneously evident: an important attribute for a public building. The single story, pedestrian-scaled structure is sited broadside to the main thoroughfare to the north. The gentle bow-shape of the building responds to the linear site and emphasizes the center entries. Exterior facades are composed of metal panels and storefront glazing with greater transparency at the public areas and lesser at staff and support areas. The north pedestrian entry and south vehicular entry are each signified by a proscenium of terra cotta with views through each extending through the building.

The Connor Group Headquarters, Miamisburg, Ohio
The Connor Group, Owner
Moody Nolan, Inc., Design Architect
Photography: Brad Feinknopf


Project Explanation: The impetus behind the concept for a new office outside of Dayton, Ohio, was the client’s love of adventure, aviation and the spirit of collaboration. The form of the building is created via a double-loaded office bar wrapping around itself and uncoiling toward the public street intersection, forming a point of entry and an interior glass-enclosed atrium – a malleable solid wrapped around a voided center. The concept is informed by ideas of motion and lift, trajectory and momentum. The outer “public” skin of the building form is clad in folded and triangulated sections of aluminum composite metal panels and glazing. The triangulations in the skin allow the building to twist and lean as momentum and movement build and pull around the perimeter. Intersecting the middle of this area east to west is a slice of point-supported curtain wall that allows views and natural light through the atrium. Reflecting pools surrounding the building give the form a greater sense of depth and provide a sense of crossing and arrival.

The Market, Italian Village, Columbus
A+R Creative Group, Owner
Tim Lai ArchitecT, Design Architect
Photography: Brad Feinknopf


Project Explanation: The Market is a modern interpretation of a European bistro market as a neighborhood-friendly delicatessen in the emerging area of the historic Italian Village neighborhood. The Market turned the once dingy convenience store into a place where customers will be able to purchase produce from local farms, beer by bottles or growlers, a variety of wines, as well as a special selection of sauces, breads and pastries, pastas, and spices. Its Italian wood-fired pizzas and specialty coffees are magnets to regulars from the neighborhood and visitors from other areas and afar.

Coney Island, Columbus
Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Owner
Blostein/Overly Architects, Design Architect
Photography: Andy Spessard Photography


Project Explanation: Coney Island, one of five BOLD BOOTHS, is a 60-square-foot pavilion that replaces a derelict one used to operate the parking lot for the Westin Hotel and the historic Southern Theater housed within. The Theater departed from the classical opera house by incorporating features considered unique for its day. Most notable was the design of the audience chamber ceiling and the proscenium. The geometry of this volume is generated from a series of conic sections that create a space still considered to be nearly perfect acoustically. Adjacent to the theater, Coney Island re-engineers this series of conic sections to address a new agenda.

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Owner
Moody Nolan, Inc., Design Architect


Project Explanation: The east side of Columbus has an underlying sense of identity from the great artists and musicians that began their lives and careers in this area. In this community, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library branch will be a place of connection that brings people and resources together. The library space and form is fluid as a reflection of the transition the neighborhood and culture are undergoing. It is designed at a human scale in response to the multiple needs and requirements of users. These ideas are important to the overall identity of the building, its community, and the civic aspirations of Dr. King. The building entry is the first point of connection and community identity. The atrium connects to a community art gallery and interactive digital display on the atrium ceiling, areas that will house works of local artists. Opposite the gallery, there is a visual connection to the children’s area adjacent to a set of communal meeting rooms that remain open to the public at all times. From there, the spaces and building form constantly transition to create collection areas, children’s rooms, study areas, reading rooms and lounge spaces at varying scales.

For more information, visit www.aiacolumbus.org.

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