Monday, October 27, 2008

Arcturis' New Digs

Architecture/design firm Arcturis has posted pictures of its new office space on its web site, and the results are fantastic. The new space looks like a great place in which to work and is an excellent example of the firm’s capabilities and creativity. Arcturis recently moved into roughly 45,000 sf on the second and third floors of the Laclede Gas building and intends to pursue LEED certification for its efforts.

According to the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, “Features of the space include a living green wall equipped with grow lights, unique/signature orange concrete sinks and 12' tall steel doors designed by local artists, high technology throughout with A/V, special lighting, moveable walls and open collaborative spaces, Wii room, private rooms for personal time, large kitchen, showers and bicycle lockers.” Sounds good!

In particular, I love this view of the Old Post Office and the Alexa (formerly the Chemical Building). One advantage of having space on a lower floor is that it makes you feel like you’re a part of the energy and vitality of the street below.

With a mix of different architecture types that can’t be found anywhere else in the area, along with an active, lively work environment perfect for stimulating creative thinking, why would any local architecture firm choose to locate anywhere but in downtown St. Louis?

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