St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO
Photography by Timothy Hursley Photography
The St. Louis Public Library closed its doors in 2010 for a two-year restoration and renewal of the historic 1912 Cass Gilbert-designed building lead by Cannon Design. The transformative project increases public access, modernizes the library for the 21st century and enhances the building's stature as a cultural treasure.
The North Wing truly ushers in the 21st century with the removal of old book stacks and the insertion of a newly constructed "building within the building." A three-story multistory public atrium creates an accessible and welcoming entry, with new public spaces that include a 250-seat theater and teen rooms. In total, the project has created more than 40,000 sf of new public space in the library. The building's Great Hall and four public wings are restored and revitalized to their turn-of-the-century splendor.
Aqua Tower, Chicago, IL
Photography by Steve Hall© Hedrich Blessing
Standing 82 stories into the Chicago skyline, the Aqua Tower is a unique, mixed-use high-rise. Designed by Studio Gang Architects, Aqua Tower’s outdoor terraces differ in shape from floor to floor. While each varies in size, the spectacular view provides a strong connection to the outdoors and the city. Inspired by Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the undulating terraces appear as if water is running down the building’s face. The curves don’t just give the space a visual appeal; they also help shade the glass and protect the building from the force of wind.
Toledo Metro Art Station, Naples, Italy
Courtesy of Bisazza, Photgraphy by Andrea Resmini
Located approximately 164 feet below the Via Toledo, one of Naples main shopping streets, the Toledo Metro Art station in Naples is one of the most stunning public transportation stations in the world. As part of a larger ongoing project to have architects, designers and artists contribute to station design, Spanish architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca designed the Toledo station with the theme of water and light. Part of the station extends below sea level inspiring the water theme. Varying blue vitreous mosaic tiles create the feeling of being under water. Softly illuminated by lighting, the sea’s waves move subtly as the traveler walks along the gallery. Robert Wilson, a U.S. artist, contributed his Light Panels to the project.