The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, designed by famed architect, Zaha Hadid in 2003, has been called “… the most important American building to be completed since the end of the cold war,” by The New York Times. It was envisioned as an "urban carpet" that connects the exterior and interior worlds.
In 2015, Paul Lechleiter and Jim Stapleton from leading global architecture and design firm, FRCH Design Worldwide, redesigned the lobby of the CAC adding a café, lounge and seating area for an active, friendly, and welcoming space. Fulfilling Hadid’s vision for an ‘urban carpet’, a series of illuminated columns allow artists to change the mood of the lobby and the surrounding streetscape and tell a story of what is happening in the galleries. A neutral palette of soft stones and warm woods allows the building’s iconic architecture and contemporary artwork to remain the focus. Butterfly Bar Stool and Deer Armchair, designed by Autoban and manufactured by De La Espada craftspeople, feature at the bar and communal tables respectively.
Photo credit: Christian Dohn