Columbus Metropolitan Library
Reemerging as a community gateway.
Located along the Shephard community’s east edge, the site is sandwiched between two city parks, making it a perfect connecting gateway for the historic neighborhood.
The building is expressed as one large room with large community porches, allowing visual and physical entry and transparency. The simple box is subtly twisted apart referencing the place-making ability flowing water might generate while giving a nod to the importance of Alum Creek’s role in the formation of the Shepard Community.
The quietly twisting form is clad in bronze stainless steel shingles whose reflections play with the environment much like those of moving water. The shingles are coined “dragon scales” by the neighborhood’s children, making the library a place that fosters imagination and inspiration for the Shepard Community.