Blaine House

St. Louis, Missouri
  • Location
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2016
  • This project page was created by community member UIC CDO

    As part of the Avant Grove development in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, CDO designed this home as an addition to a unique series of houses redefining a short block of Gibson Avenue. The facade reflects this synthesis of new and contextual design through both its massing and use of materials, with red brick defining the iconic pitched shape while balancing the use of corrugated metal here and elsewhere on the block. By introducing these new elements and forms in a sympathetic way, this house has become a landmark recognized for displaying contemporary design on the exterior and through the front windows. The house’s main feature is the open stair sitting prominently at the front of the house. As part of the utility and circulation core, it connects all four stories and establishes the overall organization of the house. The stair maximizes light flowing through the south facing façade by utilizing open treads and structure, a cnc’d bamboo guardrail, and side-by-side stairwell design with glass enclosure. The result creates a strong connection between the front dining room and living room above. At the rear of the house, the open plan kitchen and family room connects the first floor to an outdoor living area. A Master Suite completes the second floor, with 2 additional bedrooms on the third. The overall affect is one of strong vertical and lateral connections that are a model of open plan, modern living.
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    CDO (Central Design Office) is the architecture division of UIC (Urban Improvement Company), a design-focused integrated practice with expertise in architecture, construction, and real estate development. At CDO, we continually strive to create exceptional architecture with a focus on the implementation and long term life of the buildings we create. We are neither pie in the sky idealists, nor stuck in the mud pragmatists - but instead seek to find beautiful solutions to challenging projects that will create joy for our clients for many years to come. Being a part of UIC, where designers sit next to builders and real estate professionals, we are well suited to help our clients articulate and understand the values that are important in their projects and from this arrive at the most intelligent solutions, whether it is by acting as a design-builder or in a more conventional architecture role.
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