The new Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum will be the first statewide veterans’ museum in Ohio. It will feature interactive exhibits focused on educating our school children about the sacrifices made by our veterans. It will teach the values of honor and duty to our country in a new and experiential way.
The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum will be a visual icon on the Scioto River. It will offer permanent and temporary exhibition space, an auditorium, meeting rooms for veterans’ groups, and a rooftop sanctuary. In addition to telling the story of veterans through the museum, the space will serve as an events site for veteran and active duty service member ceremonies including homecomings, ROTC trainings and graduations, and military holiday celebrations and parades.
The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum will bring the concepts of honor and duty to country to life through an iconic building, beautiful landscaping, and interactive and educational exhibits. The concept offers a civic plaza, a sanctuary for contemplation and remembrance, and a multi-story museum – all focused on veterans.
The building lifts out of the riverfront landscape forming a ceremonial and processional space rising in a spiral path connecting earth to sky, culminating in a rooftop sanctuary honoring the missions, memory, and commitment to service and sacrifices made throughout history by Ohio veterans. The structure has been developed into a series of arched rings.
The rings help tether the building to the site and integrate the building with the landscape design. Rings and circles are also icons rich with meaning relevant to the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum such as wreaths, rings and crowns, and the cycle of life, faith and eternity. The development of the arch scheme allows for multiple large span openings, significantly increasing the building’s transparency. Source by Scioto Peninsula.
“The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding parkland is cut, carved and lifted into the sky, creating a processional path to the sanctuary, a place of ceremony, celebration and reflection – a civic room for the city of Columbus.”
“The second is an act of structure, where a series of concentric arches rise from the earth to hold the sanctuary above. These bands of interwoven concrete hold and protect the museum and its occupants within, creating a labyrinthine journey of exhibitions that illuminate ideas of service, duty and remembrance.” explains Allied Works architecture, in charge of the project.
Article by Marco Rinaldi