Market Tower is an exciting new development planned for 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 high rise that would 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 were 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.