"What are those things on your ceiling?" is a regular comment we hear from guests. On Earth Day, we thought it would be fun to explain the mysterious metal plates on our ceiling. When we bought our building ten years ago (has it been that long?!), we wanted to make an environmental statement with the renovation. We didn't have the budget for LEED certification, but our new home had to be energy efficient, practical, and

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This week we uncovered a stash of hand sketches we made while working through the design of St. Louis's first Mellow Mushroom that opened in 2016. The general public only gets to see the "winning" design of our projects, and we thought it would be fun to show how designs can change. All of these sketches were made in March of 2015, and our job was a complicated one: not only did we have to

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If you ever wanted to hear about hospitality design and the business of architecture, you can get the story straight from the horse's mouth. Our friend Alexis Zotos interviewed Space Captain Tom Niemeier (not really a horse) for her Meet St. Louis Podcast, where they chatted about his start in architecture, and how he juggles creative work with managing a business. Alexis was a gracious host, and we think you'll enjoy the show. Here's the

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SPACE is pleased to announce that architect John Pitman has joined the board of directors for The St. Louis Art Place Initiative, an effort to create affordable home ownership opportunities for low- to middle-income artists. The first development will be in St. Louis's Gravois Park neighborhood, which is roughly the area within Jefferson Avenue, Chippewa Street, Grand Boulevard, and Cherokee Street. St. Louis Art Place endeavors to create affordable housing by renovating vacant and deteriorating

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In architecture and construction, there are good surprises and bad surprises. Good surprises: a glorious rendering of a meticulously detailed space that is within (or below!) budget. Bad surprises: the floor not looking the way you thought it would, or not having enough lighting above a crucial work area. As much as we relish a good design meeting with a few well-timed theatrics, we never want you to experience a bad surprise when everything is

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