OHIO INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE & HOSPITALITY CENTER
The Ohio International Medicine Center is located in the Hocking Hills region of SouthEastern Ohio. Features embrace regional and cultural heritage, as well as the geophysical makeup of Appalachia through direct and metaphoric application of color, finishes and materials. Southeastern Ohio developed in and around the production and harvesting of sites for coal and brick.
ATRIUM SUSPENDED SCULPTURE
Appalachian geology directly influenced the settlement of the Hocking River Valley. The natural recourses clay, shale and coal provided a symbiotic relationship between brick and coal manufacturers. The layers of sediment, or strata, reside naturally in the earths crust in the following topographical order: clay, shale, coal, clay being closest to the surface. These materials inspire and are directly applied in a suspended sculpture through a three-level atrium space, which transfers to the accent color throughout each floor.
The Lounge is a core destination point of the facility. The industrial and locomotive history built around Hocking's recourses inspires "veins" of steel protrusion up walls and across a glazed ceiling to suggest a canopy. Its atmosphere is circulated through to the restaurant beyond and vice versa by a fluid continuation of materials, as well as the use of a sliding track corten steel window that connects both spaces.
Variations in the color of brick is produced by numerous combinations of clay and shale. Layering locally harvested lumber hints at the the regions native woodlands.