Market Tower is an exciting new development that will be built in the parking lot adjacent to Columbus’ beloved North Market, the city’s last remaining public market.

In 2016, the City of Columbus decided to sell the parking lot and solicited proposals for its redevelopment. Schooley Caldwell was the architect on the developer team of The Wood Companies and Schiff Capital Group, and developed the design concept for Market Tower, a 35-story building that will include apartments, offices, expansion space for the North Market, other retail space, and parking. Through a competitive process, the City of Columbus selected our team to redevelop the parking lot into a vibrant, active place that supports the North Market with more space and a built-in customer base.

For this design concept, context was everything. A deep understanding of the North Market Historic District was fundamental to our design for Market Tower. Our design philosophy centered on treating the existing North Market building as the landmark that it is, while designing everything else to harmonize with the North Market and its surrounding context. The scale and massing of Market Tower have been carefully thought out, and its form was created by paying close attention to the defining scale of the existing historic neighborhood buildings. The resulting Market Tower is contextual and respectful of its surroundings, but also modern and graceful.

Since our team’s selection, architectural firm NBBJ has been added to the design team to contribute their expertise, particularly in designing large high-rise buildings. Schooley Caldwell and NBBJ are currently collaborating on the design of Market Tower, and construction is expected to begin in 2018.

Recent News

Market Tower proposal unveiled with questions from neighbors
Plans Moving Forward to Build 35-Story Tower on North Market Parking Lot
Revamped North Market to include 35-story tower as centerpiece

Partners

Developers
The Wood Companies
Schiff Capital Group

Architects
Schooley Caldwell
NBBJ
 

 
 Currently, Spruce Street is a roadway that is occasionally closed for special events. Our design seeks to challenge this – we propose Spruce Street as an outdoor venue which can more easily accommodate events, and is sometimes open to vehicular traffic. This will allow activity to spill out from the North Market and the Arcade, engaging the neighborhood and encouraging increased foot traffic. The Spruce Street Plaza will be another amenity available to the North Market and Market Tower and will also provide greater visibility from High Street, drawing in more visitors.

Currently, Spruce Street is a roadway that is occasionally closed for special events. Our design seeks to challenge this – we propose Spruce Street as an outdoor venue which can more easily accommodate events, and is sometimes open to vehicular traffic. This will allow activity to spill out from the North Market and the Arcade, engaging the neighborhood and encouraging increased foot traffic. The Spruce Street Plaza will be another amenity available to the North Market and Market Tower and will also provide greater visibility from High Street, drawing in more visitors.

 The design seeks to create an active relationship with the neighborhood by developing ways for the North Market to engage with new outdoor spaces, activate the street frontages and connect with the surrounding neighborhood. We describe the ground floor of Market Tower as “porous” and consciously sought to allow the flow of market activity and marketgoers to shape the layout and dynamic of Market Tower. In support of this, we’ve endeavored to reinforce free-flowing circulation by developing an extensive open second floor, which overlooks the East Wing and the Grand Arcade. We have also limited the number of spaces which require solid walls, to open views across the floor area as much as possible. An anticipated 2-story retail pharmacy at the corner of Wall St. and Vine St. will further engage the street and increase pedestrian traffic.

The design seeks to create an active relationship with the neighborhood by developing ways for the North Market to engage with new outdoor spaces, activate the street frontages and connect with the surrounding neighborhood. We describe the ground floor of Market Tower as “porous” and consciously sought to allow the flow of market activity and marketgoers to shape the layout and dynamic of Market Tower. In support of this, we’ve endeavored to reinforce free-flowing circulation by developing an extensive open second floor, which overlooks the East Wing and the Grand Arcade. We have also limited the number of spaces which require solid walls, to open views across the floor area as much as possible. An anticipated 2-story retail pharmacy at the corner of Wall St. and Vine St. will further engage the street and increase pedestrian traffic.

 On the seventh floor will be a private terrace area with a pool for the use of Market Tower’s residents. This floor will also include the fitness, spa and club room spaces. The seventh floor will be home to many of the amenities that have helped the Wood Companies establish their reputation as developers of the premier residential projects in the Short North, the Wood Boutique Collection. The lifestyle of residents in the tower will be centered upon these shared amenities – and the communities and friendships they foster.   The remaining floors of Market Tower will house apartments, with the number of units per floor decreasing on the upper floors and the possibility of including penthouse units.

On the seventh floor will be a private terrace area with a pool for the use of Market Tower’s residents. This floor will also include the fitness, spa and club room spaces. The seventh floor will be home to many of the amenities that have helped the Wood Companies establish their reputation as developers of the premier residential projects in the Short North, the Wood Boutique Collection. The lifestyle of residents in the tower will be centered upon these shared amenities – and the communities and friendships they foster. 

The remaining floors of Market Tower will house apartments, with the number of units per floor decreasing on the upper floors and the possibility of including penthouse units.

 The materials have been selected to complement the other buildings in the district. On the three-story base we’ve chosen to use traditional brick masonry with deeply punched window openings to relate to the scale, rhythm and depth of the surrounding neighborhood buildings. Moving up, the brick masonry continues but we begin to lighten the expression and form by integrating terra cotta banding and larger amounts of glass, allowing the glass to eventually become the defining expression at top of the building.  The resulting Market Tower is contextual and respectful of its surroundings – it is a building that could only be built on this particular site. Market Tower is also modern and graceful, a beautiful new element of our city’s skyline. 

The materials have been selected to complement the other buildings in the district. On the three-story base we’ve chosen to use traditional brick masonry with deeply punched window openings to relate to the scale, rhythm and depth of the surrounding neighborhood buildings. Moving up, the brick masonry continues but we begin to lighten the expression and form by integrating terra cotta banding and larger amounts of glass, allowing the glass to eventually become the defining expression at top of the building.

The resulting Market Tower is contextual and respectful of its surroundings – it is a building that could only be built on this particular site. Market Tower is also modern and graceful, a beautiful new element of our city’s skyline.