EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE - ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES!
Written By: Mary Petschel | November 30, 2017
Sometimes getting lost is the best way of discovering the coolest places. While wandering the cobble streets of Venice, my friends and I stumbled upon the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia (which I had no idea of at the time). The building is one of the Scuole Grandi of Venice, which were usually professional associations and brotherhoods of people who did the same job and used to meet in such buildings to discuss about their work as well as being a place of worship. Since the 1800s, the building has been used as military lodgings, a warehouse, State Archives, and as a venue for basketball. Today, it is an event space for art exhibits, parties, gala dinners, meetings/conferences, and performances (this building from the 1500s is even designed for accessibility now!). Other new features include underfloor heating and a new lighting system that is remote controlled and customizable. Modern restoration started in 2015 and was completed in April 2016 by architect Alberto Torsello and Ta Architettura.
“The new architectural project revives the mystery and charm of the building, enhancing the depth of its historical traditions in every wall and decoration. The restoration does not propose, does not interpret, and does not solve. It complements and completes that which already exists, simply by reviving the building’s original innovative energy.”
- Misericordia website
Here are a few photographs I took while exploring the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia.
MODERN EFFICIENCY - MANAGING MOTHER NATURE'S TOUGHEST
Written By: Matt Drewes | October 30, 2017
In the past a building’s enclosure were far less complicated. The building’s architecture often reflected how the building works. In other words, the architecture reflected what area in the world it was located; factors like site orientation, using the natural topography and foliage to help a buildings Performance; a building’s shape and size can also influence how the exterior environments can affect the building’s performance. Often you had one feature of the buildings enclosure serving multiple purposes.
However, today we can actively alter the interior environments regardless of how harsh the exterior environments are. All we have to do is adjust the little display located on the wall to whatever makes us comfortable. This modern luxury has drastically altered where and how we live. In the 1950 the percentage of the us population living within the sunbelt was around 28 percent, that number had grown to roughly 40 percent by the year 2000. (Rosen, Rebecca J. How the Air Conditioner Made Modern America, The Atlantic 2011) We also live in a global economy, a society were ideas and goods are as readily available as the air we breathe. Thanks to these innovations, modern architecture has now taken hold, a style that is no longer dependent on its immediate environment to drive the buildings design, rather modern technological innovations. However, I’m not saying that because of modern technology we can do away with the “old way of doing things”, but I am saying we can use it to make things better!
Unfortunately, the cost of actively altering the interior environment with air conditioning is expensive. Therefore, having an efficient building enclosure is pivotal to further separate the comfortable interior environment form the harsh unforgiving exterior environment. The modern building enclosure has arranged its complicated barrier system to effectively manage and repel the worst mother nature can dish out. First, there is the durable exterior finish layer, which can be anything from brick and fiber cement boards to lap siding or other types of rain screens. This layer is never completely weather tight and must allow a small space for air circulation and drainage of any excess moisture. The second layer needs to be the thermal barrier. This layer, which would typically be expected within the support structure between studs has now moved to the exterior of the control layers. This is because of thermal bridging, the studs located within the wall have a far less R-value than the surrounding insulation, this lack of insulation essentially creates a gap were heat loss can occur. Moving the insulation to the outside and using semi-rigid MFI, XPS, EPS, or PIC insulation allows for a more efficient, continuous thermal barrier and a more effective R-Value. Additionally, moving the insulation to the exterior also helps mediate the amount of moisture that penetrates to the third layer, the moisture barrier. The moisture barrier is the layer specifically designed to keep water out. This layer can be either permeable or impermeable depending on what kind of moisture mitigation system is in place. The moisture barrier is often combined with the fourth layer, the air barrier. Just as thermal bridging can occur in areas that lack insulation, air leakage can drastically reduce the efficiency of a building by allowing exterior air to enter and all that nice, comfortable, conditioned air out. The fifth and last barrier is the vapor barrier, this layer is designed to prevent the movement of water vapor molecules through microscopic openings in porous materials like wood, gypsum, and concrete. Vaper tends to move from the warm to cold and condense into water droplets, this process can start to pose a problem when the thermal insulation is located within the support wall, vapor passes through and condenses on the cold side and could starts to develop mold. Therefore, the vapor barrier is located on the interior side of the barrier layers, to remain on the warm side of the buildings enclosure.
Although modern technology has seemingly made the building enclosure more complicated, it has also made things extremely more efficient. The key is to break down to the individual layers by asking, “what is the purpose of this layer and how does it work with the rest of the system?”.
Written By: Codi Holtgrave | September 21, 2017
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. – E.O. Wilson. Biophilia: noun bio·phil·ia. So, what is it? Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. More generally, this refers to our innate connection to nature and its process to improve our health and well-being through the spaces we live and work.
Often, we find ourselves gravitating toward displays of nature, whether it be ogling a desktop background mountainscape, eating lunch on the outdoor patio with a view of the park, or reading Henry David Thoreau’s Walden while backed-up to a tree. Biophilic design attempts to invoke biophilia in the built environment by incorporating ecological trademarks such as natural lighting and live vegetation.
There is evidence all around us of the benefits that biophilic design has to offer. These benefits are experienced through our health, sustainability, and economics. A few examples of the perceived benefits are: higher levels of well-being, increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, reduced stress, improved creativity, stronger connections among coworkers, and improved employee engagement. You might ask, what does biophilic design actually look like?
In architecture, living walls and water features!
In interior design, natural light brings the outside in!
In textiles and materials, patterns mimic designs seen in nature.
As you move throughout your day-to-day, take a moment and see if you can find biophilic design around you!
TOP 5 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS IN 2017 - NEOCON EDITION
Written By: Courtney Padgitt | August 11, 2017
To most Interior Designers, Christmas comes in June. The moment of walking into the Merchandise Mart in Chicago knowing you are about to gush over the never-before-seen furniture and finishes brings the same sense of joy as running down the steps to see what Santa left on Christmas morning. It’s no secret that designers plan for NeoCon, the annual trade show in the design world, months in advance preparing themselves for sensory overload of the latest trends. Being surrounded by thousands of like-minded people, hoping to catch one of the jam-packed elevators to make it to the next showroom tour in time, all while tracking well over the recommended steps per day on your Fitbit, the hustle and bustle of the Mart adds to the thrill. Our firm, Remiger Design, sent up 3 designers this year to understand where the future of design is headed, to see the newest products and to absorb the inspiration for commercial workplace settings. Here are the top 5 emerging trends Remiger Design took away from NeoCon 2017. Enjoy!
1. Inspirational Palettes –
Everywhere you looked in the showrooms this year, your mind started to wander. The creativity and the opportunity to see how the newest products were brought to life left designers wanting more! This year the focus was on the “story” more so than the product – or how the inspiration during the development of a product translated into the latest trends. Showrooms displayed inspiration boards showing how interior design is heavily influenced by fashion and timeless designs that reinvent themselves years later. Anything can be used as inspiration if there is a creative mind involved.
2. Biophilic Design –
This was probably most heard buzz word in Chicago over NeoCon! Every manufacturer had shifted their gears to try to improve health and wellbeing in the built environment. From organic elements in finishes to sustainable manufacturing processes, NATURE is where everyone wants to be. This concept was displayed in the literal form of plants or photos of plants, to more of an abstract form of natural through color tones and textures – and everywhere in between!
3. Resimmercial Feel –
Yes, the trend finally has a name! We have seen more and more residential influence in the Commercial Design World over the past few years; and, it’s only getting more prevalent. The blend of commercial grade materials and furniture with a residential vibe helps employees feel more comfortable in their workplace – after all, they probably spend more time there than at their own homes! Warm finishes, plush fabrics and relaxed lower seating are here to stay!
4. Integrated Technology –
It seems that each year, technology keeps everyone amazed and wondering what the future will hold! The integration of technology into furniture is almost a requirement these days. Incorporating technology into the workplace allows for a more fluid collaboration effort between colleagues. Being able to “plug in” anywhere, instead of constantly searching for the nearest outlet, was a big trend. Many manufacturers have partnered up with companies like Microsoft and Google to add worktools for employees. The latest technology of gathering utilization reports for facilities to accurately see what spaces are working and which could use improvement based on the company’s culture was the newest movement for the future.
5. The Hand-Crafted/Artisan Vibe –
Have you ever been in a room with one statement piece that catches your eye? It’s almost like a one-of-a-kind addition to the design that makes the space feel intimate and special. The handcrafted look created by an artisan (not to be confused with DIY) can instantly add a personal and unique connection between the end user and the space. Design elements such exposed stitching, handmade weaves, and carved wood all demonstrated a refined sense of detail.
Be sure to check back next month for our next blog post. In the meantime, check out our Facebook page for exciting projects we are wrapping up this summer and how we plan on incorporating these latest trends of 2017 into our new designs!
TEAM REMIGER CONTINUES TO GROW
Remiger Design is excited to welcome a brand new addition to our team. Matt Drewes has recently joined us as an intern architect! We are now a team of 13! All of us at Remiger are excited to be working on larger and more challenging projects both in St. Louis and nationwide. A few of our projects are recently completed, so be on the lookout for those photographs! Welcome to the team, Matt!
KIENER PLAZA PARK RIBBON CUTTING
City Arch River announces date for the Kiener Plaza Ribbon Cutting. "Join us on May 19 and 20 for the Kiener Plaza Ribbon Cutting & Celebration! In the redesigned Kiener Plaza, paths connect downtown pedestrian corridors. The Old Courthouse Lawn accommodates gatherings for different kinds of events. Other amenities include a bicycle parking grove, shade garden with tables and chairs, benches, fountain garden, and a children’s playground." Visit our Remiger Design Facebook page for event, music line-up, and parking info! We hope to see you there.
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TEAM REMIGER CONTINUES TO GROW
We are excited to announce two new additions to the Remiger Design Team! Codi Rund and Mary Petschel join us as interior designers. Please drop by the office and say hello! Remiger Design also has an opening for an intern architect. Contact Denny Crain for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ARCH EARTHCAM
With City Arch River, we have been exploring the possibility of implementing an EarthCam Webcam at the top of the Arch! This will provide similar access to views from the Arch for those with personal limitations. Stay tuned for more Arch updates, and visit http://www.earthcam.com/ for more information on EarthCams!
NEOCON 2016 TRENDS
Hilary Sears and Lindsey Buening, two interior designers with Remiger Design, attended NeoCon 2016! They brought back a handful of exciting insights that will shape future design. A few of those trends include adjustable height work surfaces, puckered upholstery, cork, black & white, wood, Biophilic Design, and accessory storage. We can't wait to implement these into our designs!
PICNIC ON THE RIVERFRONT
It was a beautiful night for a ribbon cutting down on the riverfront! Only St. Louis would put up a 2,016 foot long picnic table so the whole town could eat together! Delicious St. Louis foodtrucks lined the never ending picnic table on both ends, and fed many people. Every one was excited to celebrate the progress of the CityArchRiver project, due for completion in 2017!
LATEST ADDITION TO THE REMIGER TEAM
The firm is pleased to introduce Elizabeth Kastl joining the team as our newest interior designer! Elizabeth is a recent graduate from Maryville University, and is excited to begin her design career at Remiger Design, a firm that is expanding and always looking out for a new perspective. Keep an eye out for the completion of our exciting current projects!
NEW SPONSORSHIP WALL DRAWS ATTENTION TO CAMPUS
Remiger Design completed the design of a Sponsorship Wall for a Global Technology Company in New York, gaining buzz around their campus. The design completed by using Seeyond Modular Panels, flat screen technology, and custom display cases showcase numerous items the company sponsors, ranging from sports to music. Be sure to check back in for more detailed photographs of how exactly the project came to life. From the Rendering (top image) to the actual end design (bottom image), the project allows for the employees to be immersed in the company brand in a progressive way.
ENGINEERING CENTER TO UNDERGO RENOVATION
Remiger Design is currently working on the renovation of The Engineering Center. The renovation includes a remodel of the auditorium, redesign of the fellowship hall, and development of a science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, learning facility. St. Louis Today recently featured the renovation in the Building Blocks Column highlighting St. Louis Real Estate and Development.
SUNSET COUNTRY CLUB
Remiger Design completed the second phase of a $5 million dollar renovation to Sunset Country Club, located on South Geyer Road near Interstate 270 and Gravois Road. The project included a gray stain on the 1950s clubhouse's red brick exterior, new port cocheres, a remodeled interior, new landscaping and repaved parking lots and walkways. Remiger Design worked with Sunset, acting as its own general contractor, and Bryne & Jones, R.V. Wagner Inc. and Sitelines Construction as the primary subcontractors.
REMIGER DESIGN CELEBRATES 5 YEARS AND EXPANDS STAFF
Remiger Design celebrates 5 years with the announcement of two new hires. The firm is pleased to announce Ryan Reu joining us as our newest intern Architect, and Lindsey Buening as our newest Interior Designer! Check out this article highlighting the history of the firm and more about Ryan and Lindsey: http://www.constructforstl.org/remiger-design-celebrates-5-years-and-expands-staff/
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: REMIGER DESIGN IN INTERIOR AND SOURCES
Interactive customer experience has been a large focus for one of our major Global Technology Companies. Vern Remiger was quoted in this Project Spotlight, “A typical corporation might hang a few well-placed monitors in its lobby and hope that someone retains that information, but our client would rather engage with its employees and customers through interactive experiences that leave a lasting impression.” Check out the following link to read the entire article on how integrating technology into the workplace can create a unique experience for employees.http://www.interiorsand sources.com/article-details/articleid/19227/title/project-spotlight-remiger-design.aspx
REMIGER DESIGN JOB OPENINGS
Our design team continues to grow: Remiger Design is actively seeking a Project Architect with 6-10 years experience (2+ years of Revit experience required) and an Interior Designer who is energetic, creative and a self-starter with 3-5 years experience, 2+ years of Revit experience required, and Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign Skills. Please submit your resumes to email@example.com. (POSTED 8/13/15). *UPDATE - Positions have been filled at this time. Please continue to check back as we continue to grow as a firm and new openings are posted. (POSTED 10/23/15)
SUNSET COUNTRY CLUB COMPLETES CLUBHOUSE WORK
Remiger Design recently completed a renovation of Sunset Country Club involving a new exterior stained facade, new port cocheres, a remodeled interior, new landscaping and repaved parking lots and walkways. St. Louis Today recently featured the renovation in the Building Blocks Column highlighting St. Louis Real Estate and Development.
INNOVATION LOBBY SHOWCASE
REMIGERDESIGN’s latest project, an innovative 'Interactive Technology Showcase' for a Global Technology Company’s New York headquarters, invites employees and clients to immerse themselves in the groundbreaking technology solutions they are inventing every day. The sleek, architectural sculpture elegantly fills the previously cavernous space and affirms the Technology Company as a leader in their field. The showcase includes six LED screens, four interactive displays a touch-table and a host of iPhones and iPads that seamlessly work together to create an engaging virtual experience that you won't find anywhere else. Designed and constructed in less than six months, this project proves that the previously unimagined is possible when creative and determined minds come together!