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A curving drive, paved in stone blocks salvaged from abandoned streets nearby, leads to this three-building complex (residential tower, office building, and parking garage) located just south of the downtown riverfront. Located on formerly underutilized land that hosted a metal salvage firm, manufacturing plants, and weeds, Miranova makes a bold statement about the future of living and working downtown.

One Miranova Place contains residential condominiums. Unusual because it is a residential building in a former industrial area, it is further distinguished by its nearly all-glass curved facade, which faces north toward downtown Columbus. An irregular pattern of recessed balconies is punched into the wall, which is topped by a parapet that curves upward from east to west. Invitations to Miranova to watch the city’s riverfront fireworks on the Fourth of July are highly sought after.

The residential tower is a one-sided building, very shallow in relation to its width and with a definite “back wall” southern elevation. By contrast, 2 Miranova Place, the office building, is a four-sided rectangular structure with ribbon windows and corner glazing in black glass that contrasts sharply with the light-colored exterior masonry. Its horizontal lines contrast with the verticality of the residential tower.

The Miranova complex, which includes a multistory parking garage along the south side, is somewhat isolated from the rest of downtown Columbus. However, development plans for the Whittier Peninsula to the south include many acres of new commercial and residential construction as well as large amounts of parkland, which should place Miranova right in the middle of some of the newest development in the city.

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