A unique cantilevered, angled design creates a tiered curtainwall scheme, broken up by large metal plates, at the 36-story 100 Above the Park residential tower.
As Studio Gaacng's first commission in St. Louis, the 316-unit high-rise overlooks Forest Park and the famous Gateway Arch.
Thanks to the building's unique massing, this creates an open rooftop experience for the many residential balconies created by the cantilevered curtainwall and architectural metal design.
"This project's tiering—where every four or five stories it flares out and then comes back in—dramatically increases the number of places where people can be outside on what feels like a rooftop deck, because you don't have another extended platform right above you," stated David Fields, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, senior principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, in an Informed Infrastructure article.
In addition, the leaf-shaped facade, a nod to Forest Park, and tiered massing improves the building's performance by providing self-shading and cross ventilation, thereby reducing the overall energy load and boosting occupant comfort.