D H Λ Y D H Λ W Y Λ N
ΛRCHITECTS & URBANISM
Reach Through The Façade
St. Louis, Mo
The project developed out of studies of human movement and continuity in a street condition. The project examines the consequences of transparency and reflection, both spiritually and architecturally. It is about celebrating sidewalks and street corners, forming a stronger connection and a dialog between street and the building. The street is like a stage where people are ether performers or audiences. An empty street is like an empty stage.
The site exists in a very important corner on the intersection of Washington Avenue and 14th Street. The city has spent $100 million to complete renovations of the street, and the building along the plan seems to work out for the most part. However, the street has a dead point where everything stops. The site is located right after that street intersection where the dead point of the street begins.
The program reflects the human movement by housing performance spaces, dance studios, rehearsal centers, and street retail. The building aims at encouraging movements that are both static and didactic from its interior spaces to the exterior street—both horizontally and vertically.
© 2016 DHAY DHAWYAN ARCHITECTS