The Sunnen Station Apartment project capitalizes on the current revitalization in the historic suburb of St. Louis, MO. The initial scope called for a single multi-family apartment building, which proved so successful a second building was added to the project. LJC designed the two four-level, wood-framed buildings on the five-and-a-half-acre site, oriented across an active plaza from a metro light rail station.
The team designed both buildings with a dynamic form that responds to the adjacent streets and the station. The buildings’ program includes market-rate units organized around a central courtyard that integrates amenities, including a pool, pool house, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and a sustainable landscape. The highly-efficient building comprises one- and two-bedroom units with large exterior balconies. The amenities include a club room, lounge, gym, and on-floor storage. The building materials are brick masonry, cement board siding, and glass.
A centrally located club room gives direct access to the pool grounds and is a social space for games and lounging. Colorful and movable furniture encourages residents to gather and connect to the amenities and features cozy upholstered booth spaces and a billiards table. The space is also dual use for events and gatherings, with a large club kitchen and lounge area directly adjacent to the dual-sided fireplace to the outside lounge and game area.