Connect: March 2013

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


Irish Island Escape
By Christine Soucy. Photography courtesy of Gordon and Mary Gregg
When Gordon and Mary Gregg decided to buy property on Achill Island in Ireland, they did so out of love of the land and a strong family connection to the “cottage.” Now a beautiful vacation home, it began as a simple cottage built by Mary’s first cousin, once removed. The original cottage became the home's hearth room, complete with bold beamed ceilings and a turf fireplace. The renovated home retains a distinctly traditional Irish feel, making it the perfect escape. Architect Lauren Strutman designed the home, capitalizing on its beautifully unrefined coastal and mountain views. Panacea, as the Greggs named their home away from home, means “a cure for everything.”

Bringing the Barn to Downtown
By Catherine Rolwes. Photography by Aaron Bunse, AToTheB Photography
The newest Pi Pizzeria location at The MX in downtown St. Louis is the winner of an AIA Merit Award for interior. The building emphasizes Pi’s interests in fresh ingredients and sustainable practices with the use of reclaimed barnwood. Hot rolled steel, black slate tile, gypsum board and metal studs were used to emphasize negative and positive space throughout. The modern design complements the shopping, dining and entertainment business within The MX. Architects Kyle Nottmeier, Tom Niemeier and Elizabeth Cockrell of SPACE designed the project and ICS Construction Services Ltd. served as the general contractors.

A smooth homecoming for iconic Terminal 1
By Christine Soucy. Photography by Sam Fentress
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Terminal 1 has been restored to its original grandeur. Minoru Yamasaki’s iconic structure welcomes visitors and residents into our city, but over the years building repairs and unnecessary clutter marred its elegant simplicity. Exp cleaned up Terminal 1, giving it a modern look, while simultaneously shifting back to Yamasaki’s original design. Most notably, the concrete vaults and skylights were restored. The vaults were originally surfaced with smooth plaster, but that was then replaced with a spray-on acoustical finish. Exp returned the vaults to their original smooth plaster appearance, making them both more aesthetically pleasing and easier to maintain. Energy-efficient LED lighting replaces the old fluorescent tubes and allows the airport to get creative with its coloring for special events. The improvements focus on attaining a more comfortable and convenient passenger experience.