Columbus Underground | Walker Evans
Representatives from NBBJ, Kaufman Development and The Daimler Group returned to the Downtown Commission this morning to review an updated design for the proposed pedestrian bridge over Rich Street that will connect the Columbus Commons parking garage with the new 12-story Two25 Commons mixed-use building that will be located adjacent to the park.
Several Commission members expressed concern with the updated design, hoping that it will stand out as an interesting architectural element. They also reiterated what was first stated back in May — that pedestrian bridges are generally frowned upon, and only a few exceptions have been made for their construction over the past decade.
“I happen to like that it’s not rectilinear and I like the fact that it stands out,” stated Commissioner Kyle Katz. “The materials themselves however, I wonder if that will dilute the form. I’m hoping that it’s not so industrial and not so easy that it betrays the design.”
The architects defended the design choices, showcasing multiple views of how the bridge will change in appearance from different vantage points, as well as how the appearance would change with different natural lighting during different times of day. The bridge would also feature decorative exterior LED lighting that would make it stand out at night as well.
After a lengthy review, the Downtown Commission voted to approve the pedestrian bridge design. NBBJ Design Principal Daniel Ayars stated that the final step for the Two25 Commons is to return to the Commission soon for approval of the landscaping, lighting and signage package. He said that Kaufman and Daimler are expecting to break ground on the project sometime in December or January.
Rendering via NBBJ.
For more information, visit www.two25commons.com.