The Helix – “A Playground of Innovation”

By: John Berendzen

The Grand Opening for the Helix, Emerson‘s new Innovation Center on the campus of the University of Dayton had it’s grand opening April 27th.  Fox was well represented at the opening with members of the project team, including Joe Burzinski, Denise Fuehne, Neill Scheiter and Michael Fox.  Tours were given, facebook posts and tweets sent out and speeches were made: the following is an  Excerpt from CEO David Farr’s address to the crowd

“Exciting to see where business and the community can get together to create something unique to solve the world’s problems, and not be told by a government to do it.  This is pure innovation, the way it should be done, just like the great Wright Brothers who founded the aircraft industry many years ago.  Pure innovation.  Pure heart and soul and hard work.  The Helix represents Emerson’s commitment to innovation.  It’s been our cornerstone of this great company for over 125 years.”

Fox is proud of our long history supporting and collaborating with Emerson.

Innovation Center The Helix

Future of Grant’s Farm

By: Adnan Omeragic

For the past few days there has been substantial news coverage on updates for the future of Grant’s Farm. The four Busch family siblings who wanted to sell Grant’s Farm to the St. Louis Zoo have now offered to buy the park themselves. As the opposition continues, we wish nothing but the best for the entire Bush Family and hope they come to an agreement.  We are proud to support Billy’s efforts to keep future control of Grant’s Farm with the Busch Family.

Grant's Farm Rendering

Fox Architects selected to design new Jesuit Archives

By: John Berendzen

The words “Archive” and “Architecture” have similarities beyond a common root, the Indo-European  “arkhein” (to begin, command, rule).  You build an archive by collecting and curating the writings, objects and memories of a group of people.  Architects build by beginning with an idea, and placing layer upon layer of intent on that original idea.  Both are a collection of  parts adding to a greater whole.  Architecture and Archives have stories to tell.

The Jesuit Archives of the Central United States are in the process of re-imagining their  home, and have selected a team lead by Fox Architects for this effort.  We could not be more excited to be a part of their project!graphic 1

The existing facility on West Pine in the Central West End is a place filled with stories of the past and knowledge for our future.  The archives staff, lead by David Miros Ph.D. share a contagious enthusiasm for the collection and their work.  They are growing, and with growth comes opportunity.

Their new facility (farther east on West Pine, near SLU) will feature an expanded US Central and Southern Province archives and as such is poised to become a major center for the American Jesuit community, researchers and scholars. It has the potential to radically broaden the audience and mission of the archives.

The team includes BSI Constructors, McClure Engineering and KPFF Structural Engineers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future of Grant’s Farm

By: Michael Fox

This morning every St. Louis media outlet detailed Billy Busch‘s Business Plan for the future of Grant’s Farm. Billy’s plan illustrates an existing future for this treasured St. Louis landmark. Key elements in Billy’s plan include the building of a new Kraftig pavilion and a Bavarian Style Demonstration Brewery. Included in this morning’s press release were Fox Architects renderings of these new facilities. We are proud to support Billy’s efforts to keep future control of Grant’s Farm with the Busch Family.

Grant's Farm

Belleville News-Democrat

By: Adnan Omeragic

Fox Architects Bob Dunn has been featured in Belleville News-Democrat. The article is titled: “Local architect takes pride on O’Fallon Tim Horton’s, Reliance Bank project“.  Click on the link to read all about it.

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Alberti Lecture on Mid Century Modern Design

By: John Berendzen

Spring Semester 2016 for the Alberti Program at Washington University is here, and once again Fox has delivered a lecture, this time on “Mid Century Modern Housing in St. Louis”.  Why the topic?  None other than Fox Architects Alum and Maryville University Professor Jessica Senne joined me for this presentation.  Jessica was recently awarded the prestigious CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) 2015 Award for Excellence Honorable Mention for her  exhibition of the work of Ralph Fournier.  Mr. Fournier was a Wash U grad and designer of many Mid Century Modern houses in the St. Louis area.  His work has long been recognized by a small group of devotes for it’s timeless, simple elegance: lately there has been a resurgence of interest in the designs of this era. It is easy to understand why. These designs make the most of their surroundings. They “bring the outdoors in”. The best of them have a serene, peaceful quality. They make excellent use of natural light. And they can be budget friendly compared to the value received.

Jessica lives in a Fournier house which we used as an example of Mid Century Modern design. We built our own Mid Century Modern house in Sketchup, and went through the process with the students. Afterwards, led by their professor Gay Lorberbaum and a cadre of Wash U student teachers, the Alberti students went off to construct models of their own Mid Century Modern house.

Alberti takes elementary school students from across the St. Louis area. The program is free but selection is limited to students chosen by their principals and teachers. They learn about design through lectures like mine and hands on work. I can tell you from watching them, they have a great time. If you want to help out the program or offer your services to the Alberti program please contact Washington University, Sam Fox School.

Warming up the Crowd

Warming up the Crowd

Jessica discussing the important aspects of Mid Century design

Jessica discussing the important aspects of Mid Century design

Our Sketchup House

Our Sketchup House

A full house!

A full house!

Ralph Fournier's original drawing of Jessica's house

Ralph Fournier’s original drawing of Jessica’s house

A Student Creation

A Student Creation

Students and their work

Students and their work

Cool model!

Cool model!

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.

Elevator Lobby edit 2 Studio Area Kitchen

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