Thrive: A Lifestyle Wellness Center
Physical and mental health are the backbones to wellness which make up Thrive, a wellness recreation center designed around a theme of balance. It merges the characteristics of physical health (muscular strength, cardiovascular strength, endurance, and flexibility) with the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors which express mental health to create a balanced, multidimensional and holistic interior environment. These characteristics work in conjunction with design principles of hierarchy, contrast, and scale to allow users to achieve a self-directed mind, body, and soul balance which will overflow into their daily lives.
HardCore: The Cider Hub of Franklinton
HardCore is a do-it-yourself cidery and bar where patrons can create their own cider from locally grown Ohio apples. The cider created can then be fermented into a hard cider by workers on site, or taken home to enjoy as a soft cider. The process of concocting cider fits perfectly within the Franklinton Maker Community, as well as the ever-growing craft-beer community throughout Columbus. The ability to turn your cider into a hard cider allows a range of users to experience HardCore. Families, millennials, and cider enthusiasts can all benefit from what HardCore offers. The trade of brewing hard cider creates jobs for existing residents of the Franklinton community, bringing a unique atmosphere to the adaptive reuse of Engine House No 6.
The Market on W. Broad
The Market on W. Broad will offer the residents of Franklinton a place to gather and engage with community members while purchasing local goods provided by urban farms and food vendors found in the heart of Columbus. Urban farmers will be providing their locally grown and affordable produce that is delivered to the market fresh every week as food vendors will supply fresh and ready-made items on the spot every day. In addition, local beer connoisseurs will be able to experience and explore the art of brewing while attending fun-filled tastings provided by Columbus craft beers of the month at the Beer Garden found on the second floor. The Market on W. Broad will give community members an authentic Franklinton, Ohio experience that highlights the evolving, vibrancy of the community and its members.
The Holy Grill: Music Venue + Bar
The Holy Grill is a music venue and bar in Franklinton, Ohio. Located just west of downtown Columbus, The Holy Grill is hybrid program of a music venue, meeting space and a restaurant. It will bridge the gap between the residents and the artists that currently inhabit Franklinton.
This space will take the place of the Veterans Memorial which was used for smaller community events and torn down last year, The Holy Grill will now be used for those functions. This new space will be welcoming to everyone to create an inviting and compelling destination point in Franklinton. Music is a universal language, it brings people together and is necessary for Franklinton to grow.
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home.
Expanding that idea, could the same thing be said about a grocery market?
Can a grocery market be the heart of the community?
Although Franklinton is on track of a 10 year-long renovation plan, the resident’s issue of living in a food desert remains unresolved. The solutions is not as simple as placing any grocery market in the neighborhood. The market must provide instruction and inspiration on how to use these new resources.
Station Market provides three services, a grocery store, a gathering space, and a restaurant.
To promote inspiration, the market features a new recipe each week. Special displays with the ingredients are set up with the instructions. During the day the restaurant becomes a classroom where people can learn the new recipe. At night the restaurant opens and the new recipe is served as a dish.
Rework is a design studio and supply store located in Franklinton, Ohio that offers locals and professionals a place to exchange ideas and promote the importance of recycling and repurposing materials. Rework provides a multifunctional space with a “do-it-yourself” philosophy for users to learn and create to fulfill their need and give new life to found items. Set in a historical building, rework embodies repurposing inside and out. The workshop provides a space to create new useable pieces from found items to serve new functions, fix broken household objects, and recycle materials brought in from manufacturing sites throughout Franklinton. Whether customers seek help on a project or to purchase an item, the resources are local and available. Rework is a catalyst for community activity and involvement by offering economic benefits as well as sustainable choices. Rework welcomes a population of local creatives who will inspire a community and beyond.
YOUnique is a community center that serves to stimulate the creative process while fostering a deeper appreciation for the arts and the Franklinton community. It draws on the makers movement emerging in the surrounding area and addresses the critical need for a youth-based art center. Research indicates that curricular and extracurricular art studies not only help to keep at-risk students in school but are critical in the maturation of the adolescent brain. With large spaces conducive to the development of gross motor skills, YOUnique aims to motivate individuals to express their creativity through a variety of art mediums. Large windows and a center light well allow for visual access to green elements and natural light to illuminate the creative process. It’s authentic. It’s collaborative. It’s YOUnique.
The Root: Urban Kitchen
The Root is my proposal to reinvigorate the Franklinton neighborhood with locally sourced food directly from local farms, and create a market experience that promotes healthy eating.
The Root is a local market that provides educational cooking classes and prepared healthy food choices in a café style environment. The aim is to create a space that the community can gather and learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, through cooking and nutritional education. It is a one-stop shop for organic, fresh foods.
How can one market influence a healthy change of life? Buying local produce and supporting local farms is one way to start because of the better quality food. An ideal location for this type of market is Firehouse Ten, located on Broad Street. The former engine house is just minutes away from downtown Columbus. People can access it by foot, bike, car, or bus.
A healthy lifestyle can make a difference for individuals and by extension a community’s overall health. The program designed for The Root is intended to help bring this community together through healthy eating and education.
Art x Life
Art x Life are art-based live-work units located in Franklinton. By infusing residential and working spaces into the district, Art x Life allows local artists and designers to both work and live in the same space, at the meanwhile supports the artists community by providing free art classes.
Being close to the Arts and Innovation District, there are art events held weekly, creating a good cultural environment; having Idea Foundry nearby enables a good working environment for the Art x Life.
In terms of interactions between old and new structures, interior private porches on the second floor allows residents to connect with the view outside; and the interior lighting design brings the echo of the existing church inside.
Franklinton’s New Favorite Hangout
Connecting community by six degrees
Franklinton’s new neighborhood bar provides a historic, inviting, playful, and social community environment to create connections between residents, visitors, and the city. The metaphor of six degrees of separation is used as the starting point for the spatial experience. The theory states anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The building grid guides users throughout the space to new shifted moments that create excitement and social connections, closing the gap of six degrees of separation. Six° has something for everyone from drink specials for the happy hour hunter, games for the entertainment enthusiast, employment opportunities for the busy bartender, and new networks for the productive professional.
The Buzz: Coffee Connecting Community
Currently in Franklinton, the redevelopment has stalled, main gathering spaces are still very limited, and the communities of people are divided in the area. Even as the “artist” population grows, there’s a sense of disconnect and detachment from the existing “residential” population. How can progress be facilitated? How can the populations connect in a space that also draws interest from external commuters? The Buzz is a space encouraging the fusion of community over coffee, integrating the artisan craft of coffee bean roasting with the spirit and richness of Franklinton in order to determine a solid sense of place. By establishing a connection to the symbolism of a beehive as a community hub, the space promotes a united municipality, working and growing together. Coffee houses are known community “third spaces”, spaces aside from home and work, where patrons can relax and meet. In turn they act as a catalyst for continuing redevelopment in the growing neighborhood. The Buzz: where caffeine and conversation are endlessly flowing.
553 Market, Bar & Grill
A new life has been brought into the Franklinton community by attracting people from the downtown area of Columbus to Strong Water and Land grant Brewing Co. This new bar and restaurant scene has been successful, but neither of these locations address the issue of needing a family friendly restaurant or grocery store in the community.
In order to resolve this issue I have suggested the revitalization of the 7,662 square foot historical building located at 553 W. Town St. Franklinton, Ohio.
The new community of people circulating from downtown will have a greater cause for entering further into Franklinton by visiting 553. This revitalization will accompany East Franklinton’s theme of adaptive reuse, further helping create a socially innovative environment that is fueled by the community.
553 will provide fresh food, locally brewed beer and an opportunity for the community to gather. The market provides an opportunity for a convenient grocery shop. The Bar & Grill encourage the idea of family dining and also offers a new attraction community.
The Well: Community Resource & Activity Study Center
The main design concept focuses on identifying the needs of three distinct groups of people in or nearby Franklinton (nursing students, residents, and visitors) and creating a hybrid program that cultivates a sense of community among them. My proposal is to convert 553 Towne Street into a unique community center and café to provide each group spaces they need. The former grocery store located on the corner of Town Street and S Gift Street is a three-story building. The first floor is the café,the second floor is dedicated to family and community activities and the third floor is a study space. Programmatically, the café mirrors the street level noise and energy. It is intended to be a social gathering place to promote interaction among different groups of people. The second level interacts with the first floor through an atrium and the study area on the third floor is the most removed from the street level and is conceived to be the quietest space for studying and learning. Together, this hybrid program addresses the needs of three distinct user-groups but brings them together to forge a unity among the members of Franklinton.