For Grand Center, only the best design and projects have made it throughout the past several years. Every project in this arts district tells a story in someway. Whether it be Hotel Angad or the Woolworth's Building, they tell a story. The story is reflected in design whether that me be historic restoration design or brand new concept design. These tow ideas can be seen with the Pulitzer Museum and UMSL's building on Olive in Grand Center. Both buildings are examples of exceptional architecture that are meant to be examples for the future of Grand Center. So what happens when you get Emily Pulitzer and Steve Trampe together for a major project in Grand Center? Eye catching design worthy of the neighborhood.
Planned for the 3800 block of Olive is a development consisting of 23 housing units spread out over 17 buildings. Also included is the renovation of the Wolfner Library building and the construction of a 20 unit plus apartment building at Olive and Vandeventer. New homes will also be built on the North side of Olive (which are currently home to numerous vacant lots and parking lots). Pulitzer and Trampe plan on spending $30 Million for a development that is meant to revitalize a neighborhood, but also bring new architecture concepts to St. Louis City. The first renowned architecture firm to be working on this project, Tatiana Bilbao of Mexico City. Bilbao, a long with at least 10 other architects, will design eye catching for sale housing meant to be affordable for the middle income buyer. The development will include fountains, a garden and a playground for kids. Garages will also be included along the alley.
A less known firm, Axi:Ome is also working on the project as the head design firm for the Wolfner Building restoration. Their most famous project is UMSL's building on Olive. No matter what happens at this long site on Olive, we can be sure that it will be iconic. The apartment building at olive and Vandeventer though remains up in the air. The lot is no bigger than the lot in Tower Grove South where MOFO is rising. That has 24 units and is three floors, so I see nothing more than 3 floors being built at this lot. There has been no word on who the architect is for the apartment building, but if it is a renowned architecture firm that Pulitzer is soliciting, I can assure that it will be an iconic design even if it is small.
Below are some examples of design by Axi:Ome and Tatiana Bilbao.