Louis Joyner, Architect has worked with kidscommons from its earliest days. After two years of planning, Kidscommons opened a 2500 s.f. pilot museum in 1999. The success of the museum far exceeded all predictions, leading Kidscommons' board to search for a new facility.
The new building is a two story commercial building on Washington Street, Columbus' historic "Main Street." The building was fully renovated, with significant respect to the building's historic character. A grant from the city to support handicapped access also required that all work in the building be done in compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards.
Renovation of the façade of the building included restoration of the masonry, window repair, and a new storefront of terrazzo, glass and porcelain mosaic tile. Centered in the storefront is a kid-sized entrance door that uses custom door pulls to create a childlike face. Surrounding the door, is an architect-created sculpture made of children's wooden blocks. Above the storefront, the façade is enlivened by abstracted figures of three children climbing the face of the building. These refer to one of the museum's signature exhibits: a climbing wall in the form of the scaled-down façade of the museum building.
The "Giant Toilet" is a favorite of children and adults and has been featured in regional and national media.
Explora House teaches children about how houses function.
Explora House detail
The climbing wall mimics the facade of the Kidscommons building