Art House
St. Louis, Missouri

Charles Rose Architects developed a close relationship with the clients on an earlier project, Orleans House, which has expansive open spaces that showcase the couple’s contemporary artwork. In this project, the art gallery became the house’s centerpiece and the gallery spaces were designed to easily accommodate a rotating collection. Entry is by private elevator through a number of gallery spaces; this sequence is part of an overall plan that takes visitors through the art collection before introducing another stunning visual element: sweeping views of the Mississippi River and St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen. The galleries and living/dining areas offer ample space for entertaining; the library and kitchen, by contrast, are designed to feel more intimate.

The design presents museum quality space with flexible lighting to allow for collection rotation. The private elevator hall, entry hall and gallery create a gracious sequence of circulation which delays the impact of the dramatic views until one either ascends the stairs to the family room and terrace or enters into the living and dining areas. The interior design was done in collaboration with Jimmy Jamieson.

Artists (left to right): Suzanne McCelland, Paul Bowen, Kiki Smith, Stuart Arends

The private elevator hall, entry hall and gallery create a gracious sequence of circulation which delays the impact of the dramatic views until one either ascends the stairs to the family room and terrace or enters into the living and dining areas.

Artists: Roxy Paine, Tobias Putrih, Philadelphia Wireman

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Lower floor plan

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The library

The library is designed to feel more intimate, surrounded by delicate detailing and the richness of zebrawood.