Public Media Commons

St. Louis, MO

Public Media Commons in St. Louis Missouri is an interactive open space where arts, education and public media come together. The Commons will provide multiple seating areas, including an amphitheater that accommodates performance stages for small groups. In addition, the design features a large projection screen for events and installations, as well as a rich plant palette that hearkens to Missouri’s native prairie landscape. A grove of Black Gum trees sits at the top of the stairs, providing a shady overlook into the commons.

The pre-cast concrete unit pavers are configured in an abstract sound wave pattern, as the site is located between radio and television stations. Important events can be broadcast from the station and projected onto the large projection screen for public viewing.

Designed in collaboration with architect Ben Gilmartin and Powers Bowersox Associates, and completed in Fall of 2014, the Commons embodies a powerful expression of the evolving relationship between public media and public space.

ASLA General Design Honor Award, 2015


Project Completed with Powers Bowersox Associates and Ben Gilmartin