Construction Begins In Harrison West

We are excited to announce construction has begun on our project in the Harrison West District. Working within an incredibly tight on the corner of Michigan and Third Ave, this project has worked its way through several regulatory hurdles. Working within the infill site this unique urban jewel provides three new apartments as well as a bar on the ground floor. The height and slopped roof of the building provide space for bedroom mezzanines within the apartments, maximizing square footage in the narrow site.

Though uniquely dense for Columbus, the project seeks to be a contextual continuation of its neighboring structures. Pulling from the vernacular construction in the area, a historic parapet line is referenced at the street line while the apartments above recede. This reduces the presence the mass of the building has on the street, while providing privacy inside and a patio outside. The materiality is designed to blend with the historic market building to its north. The façade and massing is also a reference to the shingle style motif of a continuous surface wrapping the form, which is then carved to create a porch.

East Elevation

East Elevation

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Existing Site

Welcome, Elie Younes!

We are happy to announce that Elie Younes is joining our team at Bass Studio Architects! Elie graduated from the Notre Dame University in 2017 and joins us after starting his career in Beirut, Lebanon. We are looking forward to working with Elie as he leaves his mark on all of our projects in the coming years!

TBT: Columbus Vistor's Center, 1987

For a special Throwback Thursday, we offer a picture of our principal, Tim Bass, posing in his Columbus Visitor's Center project in 1987. Completed while he was a young architect with NBBJ prior to forming Bass Studio Architects, the 1,100 SF space in the lobby of the One Columbus building was designed with Mel Dodge, then the director of Columbus Parks and Recreation.

He says that the custom aquarium pictured was inspired by the Italian architect, Aldo Rossi. It also turns out that his mustache was inspired by the '80s!


Food Pantry Redesign is Rewarding Work for Bass Studio Architects

Bass Studio Architects is working with the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Family Services; a 40-year-old community based social services organization that serves Columbus's Clintonville neighborhood and beyond. The CRC Family Services has served over 440,000 meals to those in need, reaching thousands of families with their array of services. We're humbled to play a small part in fostering their mission by helping with the redesign of their Choice Food Pantry and related food support mission.

Tight Site Affords New Space from Bass Studio Architects

Some projects are more challenging than others!  Faced with an incredibly tight site and the prospect of simply replacing a one story, existing structure, Bass Studio Architects helped our Client shape a creative solution.  Thinking outside of the box allowed us to create a unique urban jewel box.  The solution provides our Client with commercial space on the first floor, with two new loft units, and a bonus micro unit above.  The building scale is responsive to the neighborhood, urban context and may become one of those unique urban episodes one finds when wandering around vibrant urban areas.

The design process included resolving a myriad of regulatory hurdles in weaving the new structure into the tight site and building mix. Look for it soon!

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Bass Studio Architects Working to Rehab and Repurpose Historic Auto Garage

Bass Studio Architects is thrilled to have a hand in renovating the historic F.E. Avery and Son Auto Garage in the Old Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Initially built in 1899, the building facilitated the sale and maintenance of Packard (and eventually Pontiac) automobiles through portions of the 1980's. Noted as "One of the most modern and complete public garages of the Buckeye Capital", the building still retains much of its original charm. We've fallen in love with its timber trusses and large windows, while the building's subsequent additions (dated 1900-1909) introduced unique structural systems that create a diverse array of spaces throughout.

Although parts of the building have seen better days, BSA is working with owner Dean Adamantitis to convert it to a residential/commercial mixed-use.  We are excited to collaborate with our client, the City of Columbus, and the neighborhood give new life to this special character on the East Side.

Revisit Circleville

It’s the time of year!  My mind drifts to The Pumpkin Show, in Circleville, Ohio:
Central Ohioans have been enjoying this festival focused on the harvest, fall and all things PUMPKIN since 1903.  Circleville rolls out the welcome matt for the festival, shutting down the streets in the center of town to vehicular traffic for several days each year.

Ever wonder about the "circle" in Circleville? 
Circleville was in fact laid out as a circular pattern of streets with a courthouse at the center around 1810 . The circle was modified over decades by business leaders assuming a greater efficiency in a grid pattern. By the mid 1850's no trace of the circle remained.

I had always assumed the circle was derived from notions of ideal cities, city planning ideas prevalent at the time of its original platting, or influence from the utopian movements in America in the 1800’s. In fact, the town was laid out inside of a circular Hopewell Indian earthwork that had existed on the site for a millennium (an adjacent square earthwork was connected - perhaps a ceremonial pairing).

Claude Nicholas Ledoux -idealized plan for a city -partially realized

Claude Nicholas Ledoux -idealized plan for a city -partially realized

Hopewell Indian mound - Circleville was laid out inside the circular mound

Hopewell Indian mound - Circleville was laid out inside the circular mound

Circleville - early image

Circleville - early image

The transformation of Circleville over time

The transformation of Circleville over time

Idealized city planning

Idealized city planning

Overlay of Circleville plan on the original Hopewell mounds

Overlay of Circleville plan on the original Hopewell mounds

Throwback Thursday • Staff • Its all about people!

Chris Mannella, Designer:





Shortly after this picture was taken with his high school band in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, Chris attended The Ohio State University where he completed his B.S. in Architecture. He enjoys history, Pirates baseball, and occasionally jammin' out on his guitar. Since joining BSA in 2015, Chris has been involved from start to finish in a wide range of our favorite projects, including Biscuit & Branch and Deg's Chicken. Chris also currently serves both as the Chair of the Education Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation.

Chris says, "I feel incredibly lucky to have joined the team at BSA. We have a fun workplace such a healthy emphasis on design."

Like to join us in wishing Chris many more productive years at BSA!

Best Breakfast Ever

Ruben Guzman and his wife Patty have a passion for excellence.  They enjoyed the food of the Original Pancake House they routinely visited in Dallas so much that they pursued a franchise opportunity.

They embraced the traditional recipes and demand for first quality ingredients.  Ruben and Patty envisioned a modern interpretation of the traditional pancake house theme.  They pursued quality in the environment, staff and cooks.  Their passion for excellence led to early extensive training for their chefs and cooks in Portland, Oregon, Chicago and St. Louis - no expense spared.

Try it, you will like it!

Original Pancake House, The Shops on Lane Avenue

Coming soon to the Short North: Biscuit & Branch

A big thank you to Columbus Business First for the press on our exciting new project in the Short North.

Bass Studio Architects has been working with Tony Selimi, owner of Westies Gastropub, to renovate a vacant tenant space at 685 N. High St in the Short North. This exciting renovation will be a new restaurant entitled Biscuit & Branch. The architectural focus of the restaurant will be its connection to the street through operable wall systems, and its slopped ceiling plane which will create spaces of varying intimacy as it draws diners around the bar back to the elevated dining in the rear. Westies owner Tony Selimi is active in the interior design and construction. The primary construction is by B7, fronted by Benson Ng. 



Bass Studio Architects is excited to have our project for Workstate featured in the "Office Space" section of the October issue of Columbus CEO. This column is a feature on office architecture and office design. We greatly appreciate the recognition for the Columbus branch of Workstate, located just north of North Market. 

For more information on the project, either pick up a copy of the October Columbus CEO magazine, or check out the project page on our website HERE.

Independents Day 2016

We would like to thank all of the dedicated artists, designers, and volunteers that put on Independents Day Festival this weekend. A special thanks to Bass Studio Architects own Brandon Doherty, who was one of the dedicated volunteers behind the Play Big zone. We love to see support of local artists, musicians, chefs, and creators. A big thanks to everyone who volunteered, designed or enjoyed the festival. #ID16

Calling all food business entrepreneurs!

Thinking of opening a restaurant? This Thursday, October 15th, the Commissary is hosting a program designed to answer your questions about the process of opening a brick-and-mortar food business.

Presenters include Tim Bass of Bass Studio Architects, Doug Fahrenholz, vice president of The Wasserstrom Company, and Blake Compton, owner of Compton Construction LLC.

For more information and for tickets visit the events page at the Commissary website.