A unifying connection point for a large, Fortune 100 financial company—this 66,000 SF work cafe is in continual use where users eat, meet, learn and work in an engaging and sophisticated environment. The Work Cafe is a unique space on a nearly 2.2 million square feet corporate campus that supports an active, collaborative work life. The space is in continual use, starting with a morning meeting over coffee, accommodating multiple lunch shifts and various meetings in the conference and war rooms. Integrated technology allows users the ability to find unassigned places to work away from their desks. Light is used to highlight the architecture and various edges throughout the space giving the Cafe a unique experience on the corporate campus. Digital controls allow for flexibility in how the space is programmed now and in the future. Located in the lower level lighting played an important part in the design since several areas lacked access to daylight and views. Fortunately the dining area was able take advantage of new clerestory windows with glare control shades. The Work Cafe supports and drives the future of life on campus.
Tracking LEED Gold
Reduced connected lighting
power by 38% below ASHRAE
Spire’s headquarters at 700 Market Street won the Guth Lighting Award.
The award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience. The approach to designing the lighting at the iconic building in downtown St. Louis followed architect Philip Johnson’s minimalist, modern style.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its square shape is bisected into two three-story triangles, which center on a circular rotunda. Following Johnson’s original approach, flat lensed 2x2 LED fixtures were selected for the split square volume with round fixtures placed throughout the circular volume. Because the client is a utility company, energy reduction was a major project goal. Strategies to conserve energy include efficient fixtures that reduce power use by 42%, occupancy-sensing fixtures in lower-traffic spaces, and extensive use of natural daylight.
IES Guth Lighting Award
Efficient fixtures reduced
power use by 42%
Arcturis received an IES Illumination Section Award for the lighting design of the St. Louis Science Center’s GROW Exhibit. The 5,000 square foot pavilion features a flexible, open floor plan to house ever-changing exhibits and events. It is an integral part of an overall project which encompasses a full acre of indoor and outdoor learning space, interactive activities and exhibits. With a focus on agriculture, the design concept of the pavilion was to create one simple formal gesture that is reflective of the agricultural history of the region interpreted in a modern way. Connecting to the outdoor learning spaces was important and achieved through large glass openings at the north and south ends. Along with the benefit of views to the surrounding plant life, controlled daylight floods the space. Special glazing designed to minimize heat gain and glare combined with a minimal overhang was selected on the south face. The overhang is designed to minimize direct views to the sun at high angles. GROW elegantly highlights the journey of food from farm to fork though it’s detailed level of high architectural design. The continuity of open space and natural light from exterior to interior creates a seamlessly memorable experience for visitors with a big impact on the city.
IES Illumination Award
AIA Distinguished Award
St. Louis Build Business Award
Wood Works Award
The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator was conceived as an elegant urban loft, a showcase for designer creativity and brand development in downtown Saint Louis. Located in the heart of the former garment district, this airy, light-filled space provides a flexible and neutral backdrop to celebrate the designers’ work and creative production. As the informational wall graphic proclaims, “Fashion Lives Here.” The St. Louis Fashion Incubator provides individual office space for six emerging fashion designers to cultivate their collections and brands. A 2,400 SF fabrication studio sits above the designers’ offices, providing an unencumbered work area with views of the retail and gallery space below. The incubator’s large windows bathe the space in natural light while also providing transparency that promotes the civic mission of the organization, illuminating the energy created inside, and engaging the local community. Budget was a main consideration for this project. One area we looked closely at was for lighting and controls. To stay within budget dressed up 4’ LED strip industrial lights with frosted lenses were used as the primary light fixture. Existing PAR lamp track fixtures were reused and given new LED PAR lamps with a tighter beam spread for accenting garments. Decorative fixtures were used in key areas along with simple dimming controls.
Deemed a blighted site, Arcturis was presented with a sizeable challenge when the client requested the building be transformed into a “Class A” office building. While the 22-story building was structurally sound, the storefront was uninviting, the main lobby volume was restrictive and dated, and the building lacked overall identity.
The design team underwent extensive programming studies to identify the
most impactful improvements for the client’s dollar. As one of the few examples of
high-rise, International Style architecture downtown, it was critical that the improvements follow suit in a timeless manner. The new entry canopy aims to soften the entry experience and creates the illusion of a heightened first floor volume. New structural glazing increases the lobby footprint, maximizes daylight and creates a seamless transition between exterior and interior. Timeless interior finishes contrast sharply with the existing building façade while lighting creates a bright, secure environment.
ES St. Louis Award of Distinction