February 2019

Architecture, Interior Design, Projects /

H(Art)ealth

 

 

 

 

 

SSM St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City, MO.  A carefully curated collection of artwork throughout the facility evokes of sense of healing and spirituality. Near the main visitor entry, the curved mosaic (Right) serves as a marker for wayfinding, encourages movement with its curve, stimulates the mind through its message to help set the tone for visitors and evokes a healing presence in the facility.

Art is often considered with such a wide breadth of scope that it is left undefined. I think that is a good thing. Art can take all sorts of forms, media, and manifestations, and evoke all sorts of reactions in those who experience it. Simon Sinek, optimist and author, discusses art in his talk titled “The why in creative work” with an audience and explains his definition for “art” that I like. He postulates that since so many of us believe that art defies definition, instead, for something to be considered art it should pass a series of tests. The tests are intention, display and reception. Art must be created with the intention to be art by the artist. It must be displayed in a setting to be experienced as art. It should be received as art by the viewer. Without any of those qualities, the work should not qualify as art.

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Architecture, Inspiration, Projects /

UMSL’s Oldest Campus Building Receives New Life

After 18 months of renovations and increasing expectations, students and faculty settled back into the restored Benton Hall at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). Home to the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Astronomy and joint engineering program, the building sits at the heart of UMSL’s science complex. Originally constructed in 1964, Lawrence Group worked to bring the historic learning center into the 21st century.

I talked with Cole Hoffarth, project architect, to learn more about the different design pieces and inspirations behind this multi-million dollar project. (more…)