Connect: March 2018

Places to go, things to do and see and people who are leaving thier mark on the world of style.

By Moe Godat

 

Saint Louis Science Center Grow Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
Photography by Alise O’Brien
The Saint Louis Science Center expanded its reach of learning and interactive activities with the addition of its Grow Pavilion. The Grow Pavilion teaches visitors about where their food comes from and how it gets onto their plates. Built by Arcturis and designed by Gyo Obata, this building mimics the simple elegance of typical farm structures. Its curvilinear profile calls to mind typical tools associated with Missouri farm life, such as a plow or scythe. The arrangement and shape of the Science Center’s newest one-acre attraction allows it to connect to surrounding exhibits, making it easily accessible to all visitors. By adding the Grow Pavilion, the Science Center reaps the benefits from its new architectural footprint, evolving from an entirely indoor facility to a learning experience with both indoor and outdoor locations to explore. The Grow Pavilion has received many accolades including AIA Distinguished Award, IES Illumination Award, Building St. Louis Award and the Regional Excellence Award for Wood Design by Woodworks.

Tiffany & Co. Home and Accessories Floor and Blue Box Café, New York, NY
Photography courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
Founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Co. remains an iconic jeweler based out of New York City, selling its luxury products and accessories in more than 20 countries. The brand renovated its fourth floor on 5th Avenue, adding playful stylistic touches next to the elegant finishes that brought Tiffany & Co. its fame. Herringbone patterned marble and amazonite stone adorns the new renovation alongside the staircase featuring 15-foot light chains designed by Ronan and Erwin Bourelle of Paris. Hand-drawn ampersands decorate the floor’s dramatic light fixture, and 8,000 painted screws make up a contemporary portrait of Charles Lewis Tiffany. These design additions complement the Luxury Home & Accessories Collection that offers elevated everyday objects, baby boutique, sterling silver hollowware, vintage books by Assouline and the Tiffany Fragrance Laboratory. The renovation also added the Blue Box Café, which offers a simple seasonal menu made of the highest quality regionally sourced ingredients. Patrons can now enjoy a dream of Breakfast at Tiffany’s with its refined take on signature New York dishes served in a room surrounded by the signature Tiffany Blue. 

Lago at the Waterfront, Toronto, Canada 
Photography by Christian Fleury
A powerfully minimalistic residential building designed by the award-winning G+C Architects and built by Mattamay Homes, referred to as Lago on the Waterfront or simply Lago, now modernizes the Humber Bay shoreline. The structure accentuates both the natural and urban environment of the region. Surrounded by recreational parks and walking paths that border the water, this 50-story rectilinear construction presents its multiphase developments in a distinct tower form. The design evolves vertically with texture, each concrete balcony slab angling and offsetting one another to create a shadow and light contrast to amplify each layer’s detail. This building not only provides additional housing for the growing city, but also stands distinctly apart from the other developments of the area. Its integration into the existing city context has made Lago a positive urban influence for Toronto.