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Arts and cultural centers bring communities together to educate, showcase and inspire new forms of dialogue and interaction and are some of the most significant venues of a region. GUND is at the vanguard of planning and design for arts and cultural centers — from galleries and fine arts facilities to performing arts theatres for music, dance and experimental productions. We bring a comprehensive knowledge of the functional requirements and planning and design opportunities for these important community destinations.
The Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library features a sun-washed central space that preserves much of the rear façade of the original library and its Beaux-Arts details, juxtaposed against a modern intervention of the glass curtain wall. Furthermore, the renovation restores the significance of the Front Lawn and creates a physical connection through the library from west to east that opens on to Topiary Park – the result is to create a library-in-a-park. The actual footprint of the library remains the same, but the change is transformational.
Read more about the Columbus Metropolitan Library Renovation project.
Housing a public gallery and academic facilities for the art history department, the Gund Gallery opened in 2011 and is part of a larger campus planning initiative to increase visibility and participation in the arts. The building acts as a magnet for students and community members alike and creates new forum for learning through art and visual culture.
Located directly on Middle Path, within the historic campus core, the Gallery brings art into the forefront of campus life. The exterior is clad in a locally-quarried sandstone veneer and zinc paneling, with a glass entry lobby encased in terracotta baguettes. The LEED Silver certified building utilizes a geothermal system for heating and cooling and sophisticated climate controls appropriate for the museum quality facilities.
Creative programming enriches the student experience and forges new academic links with the Kenyon curriculum. Supporting a variety of exhibit formats, the 6,200-square-foot space features flexible partitions and north-facing skylights with controllable aluminum louvers. Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.