The new 75,000 square foot Tennis Center is a state-of-the-art practice and competition facility at the heart of Ohio State’s Athletic District.
The Studio was hired for their expertise in the sports and recreation markets relating to design for spectator sightlines and functional locker room and player amenity areas. The 75,000-square-foot facility features six indoor courts with theater-style spectator seating. Plus, three loge boxes that serve as a VIP area, a unique feature to collegiate tennis courts. Fans now have a great view of all the on-court action, restrooms and concessions were carefully located to keep views for every indoor match. Full height windows along the mezzanine level allow for panoramic views of the exterior courts, as well.
Locker rooms and training facilities for both the men’s and women’s teams are perfectly positioned for access to the interior and adjacent exterior courts. One feature the building namesake and Director of Tennis at Ohio State, Ty Tucker, specifically requested is a rotunda-style locker room, designed so every player has a common space and view of the coaching wall. Frosted exterior windows in the locker rooms might seem like a small detail, but it’s one that makes a world of difference. “The windows give players natural light and a sense of what’s happening outside while maintaining privacy, which we thought was critical,” says architect Danial Hanes.
Like a championship team, our bench is deep in project expertise and what we can offer. Our contribution to the new 20,000-seat Columbus Soccer Club Stadium, opening July 2021, is a prime example.
When The Ohio State University challenged the Studio team with the question, “How can you make a utility building, like a pump station, look less utilitarian?” we were game to find the perfect answer. Working in partnership with the civil engineers at EMH&T, our team created a structure with a classic, brick firehouse feel.
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Molly Bryant - Interior Design
Molly is a NCIDQ certified interior designer here at the Columbus Architectural Studio. As an interior designer, Molly has a passion for creating spaces that solve problems and improve the overall environment to better support the end user. Molly values continuing education through design research. With a focus on creative and collaborative office environments in her graduate studies, she continues to apply this knowledge as a resource in workplace projects. No matter the size of the project, Molly gives her full attention to each client and is a firm believer that design is in the details. In addition to corporate office projects, Molly has design experience in hospitality, multi-family, and retail environments.