Columbus Public Library and Cultural Art Center

Columbus Public Library and Cultural Art Center

Our design concept for this new library and arts center provides a contemporary feel with a high level of transparency, allowing people on the street to see the vibrant activities inside the building. The main entrance will feature a large, two-story commons space and atrium that allows direct access to both the library and art gallery. Community meeting rooms on the first and second floor are strategically located off of this commons area for after-hours use.

Library staff and patrons expressed a strong desire to keep the children and adult spaces in close proximity so that parents could maintain supervision of their kids. As such, the children’s collection and adult fiction and popular collection are adjacent to each other on the first floor. Other spaces on first floor include a centralized service point, children's program room, staff offices and a staff workroom. 

The adult non-fiction collection will be located on the second floor, and both adult areas will be connected by an internal staircase for convenient access between floors. Several destination points are located on the second level including a Maker Space, a 300-seat multipurpose auditorium, a full kitchen and food preparation area, a public computer lab, and the Young Adult area. The Maker Space and auditorium (which could host dance and theatrical programming) were purposely located near the YA space to encourage library use by this traditionally hard-to-get demographic.