The design challenge for the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library was to modernize and enlarge the library into a technologically relevant, contemporary study and research center. This change represents the evolving mission of the library; as an information nexus, it is no longer primarily a warehouse for print media. The designers confronted a daunting perception of darkness, age, and wayfinding confusion. The design needed to strengthen the iconic, historic image of the main library while expressing a fresh enthusiasm for intellectual change and growth.
This high density student housing project is located at an urban infill site. The site is surrounded by a mixture of different scale university and private residences. This 539 bed project uses a pallet of exterior materials consisting of detailed brick and street level natural stone, both that maintain the street’s context. The high use of glass curtain wall provides transparency to this large scale building.
Within the building, living environment dictates design decisions. Community is a critical component of the Owner’s program. Ten foot wide paths between resident's rooms are furnished to encourage spontaneous interaction.
Client: The Ohio State University
This project is located at the entrance to the New Albany Research and Information District and consists a new facility for a company involved in research and development, and the manufacturing of sterile pharmaceutical products.
The program included administrative offices, research and development laboratories, manufacturing, and warehouse space. Each of the three program functions are housed in their own buildings of varying sizes and heights, which are connected by a common atrium space. The buildings are clad in white metal siding of different profiles to give them a sense of their own identity but still provide a cohesive and unified design.
Client: Pharma Force
The traditional farmsteads dotting the countryside south of Delaware, Ohio served as the inspiration for the River Ridge Residence. Located on the highest ridge of a large, agrarian site, with the existing ponds sculpted to form a scenic canvas, the house was conceived as a collection of buildings, shifted to fit the landscape and tied together by low walls in a “farmstead” composition. While forms and materials draw upon the vernacular, spatial relationships and details are contemporary, reflecting the lifestyle of the owners, with bucolic views included as an integral part of the design.
Design Square Apartments is a five story building in the heart of CCAD’s downtown campus. It is conceived as a progression of urban spaces from the most public to the most private. The building not only provides these spaces for its residents, but in the way it’s located, it attempts to energize & reshape the heart of CCAD’s Campus.
The Head Inc. Corporate Office is located south of an airport runway, on a busy four lane street, north of railway tracks, east of a large truck refueling station and west of a fresh vegetable shipping and receiving terminal.The architecture borrows its language and its material palette from the disparate site elements. The industrial nature of the neighboring buildings, the airport and the heavy vehicular traffic were distilled into the design. The Emron finished steel tube trusses are not only exposed but celebrated and the form of the roof gives homage to airplane aerodynamics and LED light fixtures along the sides of the hallway floor are a reminder of the Airport runway lights close by.
Acock Associates became involved with the project after winning a regional design competition solicited by C/K.
The goal of the building design was to challenge and express the company's workmanship skills. The design is a composition of exposed steel, masonry and carpentry. C/K acted as the general contractor, self-performing over 50 percent of the construction project.
The headquarters' signature arched roof line seen from Interstate 270 is expressed inside the building as the high vaulted wood deck and laminated beam ceiling hovers above the open office floor plan. Ductwork, steel trusses and lighting are all exposed, illustrating the construction discipline that C/K demanded.
The design challenge here was to build an additional 65,000 sq. ft. of office space connecting to an existing corporate office building. The new building was to maintain the character and identity of the existing building as well as ensure an ease of connectivity. The client wanted to use the building as a recruiting tool, as the spaces were to attract the best talent in the industry, requiring a dynamic environment.