This Month's MagazineDining and SpiritsArts and EntertainmentTravel and LeisureHome and Real EstateHealth and WellnessShopping & FashionEvents and PicsElegant Wedding Magazine

Bookmark and share

Issue Date: July 2008

Back to Our Roots

Among all the redevelopment going on downtown, there’s one project that will add more greenery than concrete. Dozens of new trees will soon appear around the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building as its aging plaza gets a face-lift. Richard Fleischman Architects redesigned the existing “militant and geometric” space by studying plazas around the world. We asked Fleischman for a rundown of the project. 

The Concept: “It’s not meant to just be looked at, it’s meant to be used,” Fleischman says. With walkways weaving through the plaza, it’ll be a prime setting to enjoy some downtime. “We need to use our imaginations more,” he says. “There could be a performance of Shakespeare on the lawn in the summertime, or a high school could have a band concert there on a Friday afternoon.”

The Art: Los Angeles artist Pae White adds splashes of red to the greenery. White drew inspiration from nature to craft 14 aluminum panels with intricate, swirling designs.

The Greenery: About 100 trees will be brought in so an urban forest can take root. Lucinda Sanders of Philadelphia’s Olin Partnership was a collaborator on this portion of the project. “The idea was that when you entered the plaza it would be like a room,” Fleischman says, “the trees become the ceiling of the space.”

Price Tag: $15 million, provided by the Federal Buildings Fund

Completion Dates: The plaza’s west side is slated for a fall 2008 completion. The east portion will be finished the following spring.

Comments. All comments must be approved by our editorial staff.
Choose an identity
Other Anonymous
All of these fields are optional.
CAPTCHA Validation
Retype the code from the picture
CAPTCHA Code Image
Speak the code Change the code

Home | Subscribe | Archives | Advertise | Newsstands | Contact Us | Jobs | Legal
© Cleveland Magazine 2014 | P: (216) 771-2833 | F: (216) 781-6318 | 1422 Euclid Ave. Suite 730 Cleveland, Ohio 44115
This site is a member of the City & Regional Magazine Association