Despite its modest size, Columbus, Ind., is home to more than 80 major works of art, among them buildings designed by some of the greatest architects. Located in the heart of this architecturally sophisticated town is the newly rebuilt The Commons, a glass-enclosed, 21st century model for a community gathering place.
The structure features an indoor playground with a climber designed by architect Thomas Walker Luckey; expanded lobby showcasing a 7-ton, 30-foot-high Jean Tinguely sculpture titled "Chaos" designed and created 41 years ago when The Commons first opened; performance hall; outside terrace; giant outdoor chess board; food court; and conference room, free for use by nonprofit organizations.
The Commons originally was built in 1972 and was designed by architect Cesar Pelli as an anchor project for an ambitious downtown revitalization. In 2010, the structure was rebuilt as part of the city's Columbus Commons project, a 7-acre green space that stands on the site of the former City Center Mall. Columbus Commons was designed to be a unique, walking-friendly downtown neighborhood that integrates living spaces with retail, office and entertainment opportunities.