This project began with our clients desire to construct a new home on two city-owned vacant lots in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood of St. Louis. While the neighborhood is undergoing a significant redevelopment surge, many parts are still undeveloped with many abandoned structures. This particular property sat between two abandoned turn of the century brick multi-family buildings and backs up to a two story light industrial building dating from the 1950s.
The program for the home called for a three bedroom main house, a pool and garage and a studio rental apartment. To accomplish fitting these program elements onto the site, the design places most of the building to the street, creating a two story façade that responds to the heights and setbacks of the adjacent buildings. The cladding of the street elevation is primarily a cement fiber panel rain screen cladding, painted in two hues of red matching adjacent brick. A cedar clad rain screen portion anchors the façade and designates the main entry. At the center of this elevation, is a drive-through opening to the garage located at the rear of the site, which was required by this properties atypical lack of an alleyway.
The rear portion of the site was designed to create a private courtyard, by building a one story wing to the main house, containing the living room and master suite, and a detached garage. The CMU wall and steel plate covered windows of the adjacent industrial building form the fourth wall of the courtyard. The courtyard contains a lap pull, and covered seating, connected to the living room by a glazed overhead door.