Located on Cincinnati Country Day School’s campus, the new 4,200sf storage facility was developed through master planning exercises with school officials that expressed the need for such a program. The utilitarian nature of the program inspired a simple mass expressed with clean-line details. The end result provides five bays of maintenance and vehicle storage, one bay of semi-conditioned office and break room, and six bays for boat storage. The adjacent exterior program is a continuation of the interior program consisting of an additional 4,300sf for staging and site work.
The formal gesture of the storage facility can be seen as a wedge shaped volume nestled in the landscape and sliced in half to create two parts: one exterior and one interior. The contrast of the exterior and interior can be seen in the black stained cedar siding against the blonde finished plywood at the entry door. The exterior cladding mimics the dark, textured aesthetic of an old tobacco barn. This “grit” is balanced by a more polished, meticulous composition. This simple and rational organization subdues the chaos of the equipment scattered throughout the space.