The Loop is an incredible example of how a spirited and committed group of community members, an inspired and focused Executive Director, and a collaborative design team can use design to bring planning and a vision to life.
As part of this mission, T-REX partnered with Arcturis to develop a 10,000 SF coworking space and technology incubator where entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and other professionals can build their businesses, foster a community of innovation, and create a network of creativity and support.
For St. Louis Design Week, Arcturis partnered with Kingdom House and Sherwin Williams to create a mural that celebrates design and community. While Arcturis spearheaded the creation of the mural, it was a truly collaborative event where people from Kingdom House and the St. Louis design community pitched in to complete the project.
Kingdom House, a community resource center, is a hub for all underserved people in our community. “Kingdom House believes in transformation…from the inside out. Through holistic programs and services, they promote empowerment and growth in individuals and families. They help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty.”
So, we set out to transform the side of the Kingdom House building with our collaborative event that shows how design can transform, communicate, and benefit community spaces like this. Our design is a collection of geometric forms that come together to create an abstracted image. These forms, when viewed as a whole, create an overall design that closely follows the design principles of unity and balance. We felt that this visually embodied the mission and spirit of Kingdom House.
The mural contains interactive and stimulating elements that give visitors using the space something exciting to experience when using the outdoor recreation area. For example, elements like the curved line that weaves and connects each section of the design, or the grouping of dots in the middle, become visual games to engage the viewer. At the same time, we helped to contemporize this recreation area with vibrant colors and bold patterns.
We believe that design can transform a space, and the experience of collectively creating this piece was a great way to show the spirit of the St. Louis Design Community. A huge thank you to our partnership with Kingdom House, and the generosity of Sherwin Williams for helping these efforts come to fruition.
Experiencing rapid growth, Adarza, a biotech company whose name means “reflection” in Sanskrit, desired a space that would accommodate their needs while representing the brand and culture. Inspired by Adarza’s meaning and founding technology, Arcturis incorporated conceptualized elements of reflection and perception throughout the design to represent the brand.
Depicting a key tool in company’s detection process, a pattern of luminous dots on the ceiling guides users while reflecting the design inspiration throughout the space. Privacy film on the glass-enclosed conference rooms and breakroom glass divider provides gradations from opaque to translucent, eventually allowing for increased clarity into the areas.
Another important environmental element is the “Community Wall” in the breakroom. A vital component of this company’s brand, their defined culture relies on the cross-pollination of knowledge. By creating a space that allows employees to share ideas and contribute to their environment, Adarza is writing their own story and continually expressing their brand and culture.
For anyone visiting Adarza’s redefined space, Arcturis’s design provides clarity about the technology provided while further refining the company’s story and culture.
This project was completed in collaboration with DCM Group. A special thanks to them for helping this vision become a reality! @dcmgroupstl