West Garden at the Columbus Museum of Art Columbus, Ohio
2014 Ohio Chapter ASLA Merit Award
Creative design solutions create a fully accessible and artful museum entry.
One challenge inherent in renovating a historic building is that they often lack accessibility features. Too often, when these accommodations are added in later eras, they are treated as an afterthought rather than an opportunity.
As part of the most recent campus renovation at the Columbus Museum of Art, MKSK was tasked with negotiating six feet of grade change between the building entry and the sidewalk, while also creating an iconic signature element visible from Broad Street.
MKSK responded with a garden design where the functional need for a path and fence was transformed into an iconic sculptural garden enclosure. The curved steel form of the fence is inspired by grass plumes waving in the breeze. The transition between street level and entrance was carefully designed to culminate in a monumental garden gateway.