Tom Allen

Tom Allen

Columbus, OH, US


Rhodes Tower House

This project is a private residence to be located atop the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, the tallest building in the city, located across from the Ohio Statehouse.  The studio began with a study of a precedents, such Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Mies’ Brick Country House project, the painting Rhythm of A Russian Dance, and works by Le Corbusier, as well as the Miller House
by instructor/architect Jose Oubrerie. That analysis resulted in the design of the house, which utilized a series of progression lines based upon golden sections.

Not only does this guide the plan of the house, but its elevation as well. The regulating lines create floor plates and bearing walls throughout, which both provide and deny access and views throughout. The house consists of three volumes, which elevate and expand from each other, in which the red volume is partially hovering over Broad Street. This also creates a series of dramatic multilevel spaces, through which stairways and escalators pass and connect the volumes, which provide a combination of private and public functions that flow throughout.

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Status: School Project
Location: Columbus, OH, US