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Columbus Learning Center

4555 Central Ave Suite 2100
Columbus, IN
Phone: 812-314-8500
Fax: 812-314-8503

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Design Architect, Kevin Kennon former design partner. The Columbus Learning Center is a multi-tenant education facility and community resource center. The design of the two-story building is inspired by the surrounding landscape that contains the simple forms of industrial factories, farmhouses, and silos. The new facility sits between two existing buildings (Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Purdue University Columbus) and acts as a bridge, creating movement between the buildings and thereby reducing their physical and psychological distance. The goal is to capture people who are outside the educational system, bring them into a welcoming environment, and help them develop a personal curriculum. To achieve this goal, the building is visually accessible. The entry is an outdoor room framed by brick walls in the form of arms opening toward the community. Once inside the building, the interior opens up to the landscape beyond via a clear glass-enclosed public street that links the lobby to all services within the building. Along this light-filled spine are reception "intake" areas for the various tenants and wired lounges to encourage spontaneous interactions.

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