Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop

By: Adnan Omeragic

Have you been to the new Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop yet? If not you definitely should. New stores are opening close to your home and workplace. We have had the pleasure of working with Show Me Hospitality, the franchisee for Tim Hortons, on all of the locations.

We have recently completed two stores. One store is located on BJC’s CWE campus and another in downtown St. Louis.  The downtown store is located in Park Pacific Building and the grand opening will be on Wednesday, February 3rd.

BJC Tim Horton Grand Opening

BJC Tim Hortons Grand Opening

We have also completed construction documents for the first metro-east Tim Hortons Cafe in O’Fallon, IL. This location will be a bit different than the other in the sense that it will be shared with Reliance Bank. The concept of combining these two entities was tested at Reliance Bank in Frontenac with a Tim Hortons kiosk. Even though this is a relatively new concept, both clients see the benefits and expect great results. Construction for the O’Fallon store is expected to begin in few weeks.

Tim Hortons - O'Fallon

Tim Hortons – O’Fallon

Belleville News-Democrat has published an article on the new O’Fallon cafe-bank. Please click here for the full article.

We would love to hear what you think about Tim Hortons and the concept of combing Tim Hortons with Reliance Bank. Be sure to leave us a comment below.

Design Competition

By: Adnan Omeragic

Recently, we entered an architectural design competition in which we were tasked with designing a memorial to commemorate the Baltic Way. On the 23rd of August 1989, approximately two million people joined hands to form a 373-mile human chain through the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Their goal was to demonstrate a united front against the occupation of the Soviet Union that had been in place since World War II.

The Baltic Way was an act of nonviolent protest on an extraordinary scale. It demonstrated the power of people to instigate change through constructive and collective action, united in their desire for independence. Standing Together, as we named our design, used this enlightened language of strength to inform its architectural approach to the Baltic Way memorial. The memorial operates at two scales. From a distance, it serves as a recognizable landmark within the urban fabric: a symbol of civic pride and celebration of Baltic history. At a smaller scale, the memorial engages with visitors and provides information about the people and events of the Baltic Way.

The power of the Baltic Way lay in its sheer magnitude. Standing Together explores the concept of the many comprising the whole, using the accumulation of individual elements to create a mass that is monumental yet porous. Hundreds of thin columns stand arranged along a scaled-down version of the Baltic Way route. The columns densify around the points of the three capital cities, where the most people congregated for the event, and thin out in the intermediate areas where fewer people stood. The result is a dynamic field of repeated elements that, seen from a distance, reads as a single entity. The columns echo other vertical elements in the immediate urban context: the rows of trees lining the streets; the spires on nearby churches; the masts of the sailboats on the Daugava River in summer.

Below are the presentation boards we submitted. We would love to hear your thoughts!

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Our “Cool” Office was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal

By: Martin Padilla

Our Office was recently featured in the Saint Louis Business Journal as one of the coolest offices in Saint Louis. Come on by to experience it for yourself. Our giant Red Door is always open. Click on this Link for more on our office.

Having the Arch as the backdrop to our office environment is a constant reminder to explore and engage one another in new ideas. Challenging each other to create, collaborate and connect.

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Visit to the Chicago Biennial

By: John Berendzen

I recently made a visit to the Chicago Cultural Center to take in the Chicago Architecture Biennial.  The exhibit in the Cultural Center is only one part of the Biennial, but limited time made visits to some of the other sites impossible.  It gives me a reason to go back.

There has been a lot of opinions expressed in the press about the Biennial, the most recent one to come across my desk was a piece in The Architects Newspaper entitled “Debating Schumacher’s Chicago Biennial Criticism”.  Another one I would recommend is Arch Daily’s 15 Must See Installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.  I tried to read up on the event before visiting, and I found it hard to understand how the whole event is organized, other than what’s in the Cultural Center.  I’m still not sure I comprehend the scope of the event.  I also don’t think that matters.   You can try and figure it out online, but it doesn’t compare with an actual visit.  Go.  It’s great.  Only in Chicago.

I believe the Biennial was put together with more of a view towards the general public than the architectural community.  That’s a good thing.  We are a pretty insular group.

Below are some of my highlights:

installation by Gramazio Kohler Research: Rocks with string - no glue. combination of ancient and new technology. Got to see the movie!

installation by Gramazio Kohler Research: Rocks with string – no glue. combination of ancient and new technology. Got to see the movie!

Moon Hoon's notebooks titled "Doodle Constructivism". My personal favorite. This photo does not do this drawing justice. Multiple notebooks with fantastical sketches.

Moon Hoon’s notebooks titled “Doodle Constructivism”. My personal favorite. This photo does not do this drawing justice. Multiple notebooks with fantastical sketches.

Sou Fujimoto Architects, "Architecture is Everywhere". Found objects with tiny white plastic men for scale. So much in common with the work of Leslie Laskey!

Sou Fujimoto Architects, “Architecture is Everywhere”. Found objects with tiny white plastic men for scale. So much in common with the work of Leslie Laskey!

MOS Architects "Corridor House". Not sure I buy the "corridor" idea, but this construction is a thing of beauty! I want one.

MOS Architects “Corridor House”. Not sure I buy the “corridor” idea, but this construction is a thing of beauty! I want one.

Exhibition space with "Architecture is Everywhere" and "Corridor House" in the background.

Exhibition space with “Architecture is Everywhere” and “Corridor House” in the background.

SO-IL's "Passage". Metal studs forming a cathedral like structure along a ramp in the Center.

SO-IL’s “Passage”. Metal studs forming a cathedral like structure along a ramp in the Center.

Johnston Marklee , House is a House is a House is a House

Johnston Marklee , House is a House is a House is a House

Fox Architects Instagram!

By: Adnan Omeragic

Fox Architects has an Instagram account! Check us out at fox_architects and don’t forget to follow! We are posting interesting architecture related images daily, hope you enjoy them!

Fox Architects Instagram

Pens and Pencils

By: John Berendzen

Summer sketching this year pushes into fall.  We’ve spent a lot of time in Benton Park this year.  The bridge and pond are a central focus, as are the buildings that surround the east and north sides.  Frank used to live on the north side of the park.  The scale of the neighborhood – tall brick buildings framing the edge of the park – are especially nice.  Mornings bring the dog walkers and runners out.  It is a friendly place to draw.

Now with the cooler weather we’ve retreated into the warm and inviting confines of the Gelateria Del Leone.  You’ve got to love it when a building takes it’s name from the architecture (look for the terra cotta lion heads on the Grand Avenue facade).  The coffee and baked goods are excellent, and opportunities to sketch abound.

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Pen sketch of the bridge and surrounding buildings of Benton Park

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Detail of the Bridge in pencil

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Nice pen sketch of the bridge and pond by Mary!

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Albie captures the streetscape around South Grand

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Sketches and Coffee at the Gelateria Del Leone

Happy 50th Birthday, Gateway Arch!

By: Zach Foppe

Fifty Years ago today at 11:00AM, the last piece of the Gateway Arch was set in place. In celebration, The City of Saint Louis conducted a ceremony at the Old Courthouse steps this morning to commemorate this great accomplishment. Designed by Architect Eero      Saarinen in 1947, the Gateway Arch took 2 years to construct and cost about $13 Million (2013 equivalent of $180 Million!).  Today, the Arch attracts nearly 4 Million visitors a year.

IMG_8531_EDITEDThe view from the West windows of our 18th Floor Suite in the Gateway Tower Building located at 1 Memorial Drive in Downtown Saint Louis. A crowd starts to gather for the 11:00AM ceremony to celebrate the Arch turning 50 years old.

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At 11:00AM the Saint Louis Fire Department rang a bell 5 times to symbolize the 5 decades the Arch has been a completely freestanding structure.

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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Greater Saint Louis area receive the American Flag to be raised up the new flag pole at the entrance to the new Park Over The Highway.

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The American Flag is raised as the National Anthem is played.

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Francis G. Slay, current Mayor of the City of St. Louis quotes Leonardo Da Vinci during his speech: “An Arch consists of two weaknesses which, leaning one against the other, make a strength.”

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Fox Architects moved to its new location nearly 2 years ago, only 275 yards from the South leg of the Gateway Arch in the Gateway Tower.

Having the Arch as the backdrop of our office and studio space is a constant reminder of what great architecture can achieve. Saarinen’s ideas and innovations are what push the Fox team to challenge each other to create, collaborate, and connect with our work. It is these ideas that remind us that the work we are doing could inspire the world, much like Saarinen did in 1947.

 

 

Scientific Studies

By: Martin Padilla

As the work day continues to expand, the amount of time a person spends in an interior space can start to affect that person on a mental and physical level. “Scientists Probe Indoor Work Spaces for Clues to Better Health” article by  Sumathi Reddy from The Wall Street Journal reviews the scientific studies that are being conducted within several new buildings to determine how controlled work environments affects people. It also features information on how a recently constructed building on Washington University’s campus in Saint Louis, Missouri is serving as test field to measure health outcomes for work environments in a variety of settings.

Featured Image - Hillman Hall at Washington University in Saint Louis. Photo James Byard/ WUSTL

Featured Image – Hillman Hall at Washington University in Saint Louis. Photo: James Byard/ WUSTL

50th Anniversary of Gateway Arch

By: Adnan Omeragic

In 1934 the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association was founded to oversee the construction of a monument commemorating the Louisiana Purchase. The competition which was opened to all United States citizens which also attracted many big names in American Architecture. There were over 170 entries. In 1947 Eero Saarinen submitted his design for the Jefferson National Expansion memorial Competition.  What distinguished his design proposal was an arch of gigantic proportions that was to rise from a lushly planted park and be visible from afar.  Eero wanted to design ” a landmark of lasting significance – neither an obelisk, nor a rectangular box, nor a dome seemed right on this site and for this purpose – but at the river’s edge, a great arch did seem right.” Saarinen’s design was praised for his interpretation of an old form using modern architecture.

Competitions Entry -Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives, National Park Service. Image: Washington University in St. Louis

Competition Entry  – Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives, National Park Service. Image: Washington University in St. Louis

The construction on the “Gateway to the West”, as the arch is refer to, has began in February 12, 1963 and the opening ceremony was held on October 28, 1965.  This Wednesday, October 28, will mark 50th Anniversary of Gateway Arch. For the list of the events please click here to be redirected to the Gateway Arch website.

Gateway Arch Construction - Image: Post Dispatch

Gateway Arch Construction – Image: Post Dispatch

Below are the immages of the fireworks, held on October 24,  as observed from our offices.

Gateway Arch Fireworks

Gateway Arch Fireworks