Allied Works Architecture has released designs for the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus. Set to complete by 2016, the billowing museum will be constructed on the banks of the Scioto River, directly across from downtown, as part of Scioto Peninsula’s 56-acre redevelopment masterplan. It will host a variety of galleries, education and interpretive spaces that will house exhibitions and artifacts that serve as a testimonial to the 250 years of military service of Ohio Veterans.
“The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding parkland is cut, carved and lifted into the sky, creating a processional path to the sanctuary, a place of ceremony, celebration and reflection - a civic room for the city of Columbus,” explains Allied Works. Continue reading to learn more.
“The second is an act of structure, where a series of concentric arches rise from the earth to hold the sanctuary above. These bands of interwoven concrete hold and protect the museum and its occupants within, creating a labyrinthine journey of exhibitions that illuminate ideas of service, duty and remembrance."
“The main level will house an double height great hall, museum store, and café for public events. Also on the main level is the primary gallery space, culminating in an interactive cyclorama reflecting on the history of service in Ohio. The lower floor contains support, presentation and education spaces, as well as a temporary exhibition space. A private remembrance hall is located on the upper level, adjacent to the exterior sanctuary space, which is approached by a sweeping ramp. This exterior civic room serves as a ceremonial and memorial space for the community at large.”
Allied Works was awarded this commission following an invited competition that included David Chipperfield and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 2013. The 53000-square-feet will now be built at the intersection of the new Scioto riverfront park and Broad Street.
Location300 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Design TeamBrad Cloepfil, Design Principal; Kyle Lommen, Principal in Charge; Chelsea Grassinger, Project Lead
Associate ArchitectDesign Group
Exhibition DesignRalph Appelbaum and Associates
Structural Engineeringknippershelbig GmbH
MEP EngineeringPrater Engineering Associates
Lighting Design, Security DesignArup NY
Building EnvelopeMorrison Hershfield
Acoustics, AV, IT/COMJaffe Holden
Construction ManagementTurner Construction Company
PhotographsMIR, Allied Works Architecture