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  • Architects: Peter Eisenman, New York City; Richard Trott & Partners, Columbus
  • 1993
  • 400-500 North High Street
  • Addition: Karlsberger Companies, Columbus, 2000

Standing on the former site of Columbus’s Union Station is the city’s principal convention complex, which includes the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the former Ohio Center. The hotel anchors the site, with the convention facilities located to its north and east. It is a mix of recent architecture styles.

North of the Hyatt and Ohio Center is the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This building’s design, the winner of an international competition funded by the Limited, Inc., in 1988, is the work of Peter Eisenman and Richard Trott, the same team responsible for the Wexner Center at Ohio State University. Eisenman and Trott designed the new convention center complex as five colorful forms clad in corrugated metal and in varying heights and widths. Seen from above, these twisting forms reflect the railroad tracks that were once on this site. The North High Street facade is made of brick, metal, and precast concrete broken down into a number of distinct blocks intended to mirror the proportions of the historic brick buildings across the street.

Inside the convention center are fifty-four meeting rooms as well as a 25,000-square-foot ballroom. To the rear of the building is the 216000-square-foot exhibition hall. The Greater Columbus Convention Center has been such a success that within six years after its completion an addition was needed. The addition to the north continues the pastel exterior colors and simplifies the forms of the original design.

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