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Every Apartment Is A Corner Unit In This Scaly 36-Story St Louis Tower

Studio Gang’s architects will change the way you think about buildings.

By Jeff Vasishta December 14, 2016
Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. Fanning out like the scales on some prehistoric predator, the angled design of the windows on this mind blowing Missouri tower will, apparently allow more light into the apartments, improve energy performance and provide better views of the city and green space. Jurassic Park, indeed.

At the One Hundred building in St. Louis, everyone has a corner apartment due to the angular design—with views of a park to the west and the Gateway Arch to the east.

“In a climate with four distinct seasons, we wanted to make it possible for residents to enjoy the different views and natural changes in light over the course of the year,” said Jeanne Gang, founder of project architect Studio Gang. “By experimenting with the geometry of the facade and refining the apartment layouts, we were able to make every apartment into a corner unit perched above the park and city.”

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Based in Chicago and New York, Studio Gang have a reputation of innovative design, challenging the conventional ways people view buildings and architecture. Other notable works in progress include the the Solar Carve Tower, located between the Hudson River and the High Line.

The building, which will be completed in 2017, is sculpted by the angles of the sun, the design explores how shaping a building in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its architectural potential. Solar Carve takes its distinctive form from the geometric relationships between the building’s allowable envelope and the sun’s path, as well as the view-shed between the park and the Hudson. If all this sounds a little convoluted, look at the pictures and you’ll see a new iconic building taking shape on the New York skyline.

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Also in New York, Studio Gang’s addition to the American Museum of Natural History, the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. A project with “innovation” in the title and a budget of $325 million and 218,000 square-feet warranted something out of the box—et voila—a building, which looks like some giant dinosaur and a futuristic spaceship all in one.

“We uncovered a way to vastly improve visitor circulation and museum functionality, while tapping into the desire for exploration and discovery that is so emblematic of science and also such a part of being human,” said Jeanne Gang. “Upon entering the space, natural daylight from above and sight lines to various activities inside invite movement through the Central Exhibition Hall on a journey toward deeper understanding. The architectural design grew out of the museum’s mission.”

Claire Cahan, design director at Studio Gang, explained the company’s ethos:

“Early on in the project we bring in experts from interdisciplinary fields to discuss the past, present, and future conditions of a site. Our job is to ask questions and translate ideas between disciplines. We’re interested in the intersection between built and natural environments.”

 

Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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