In tech-heavy SLU, Ascent is an architectural tribute to the ones and zeros that make our digital lives possible. Dramatic patterning is created through vertical light and dark window wall spandrel playfully composed around vision glass.
The corner of the tower has been set back significantly to create an outdoor entry plaza with integrated signage and wayfinding. A landscaped strip between the sidewalk and bustling Fairview Avenue provides a much-needed buffer and a more welcoming pedestrian environment.
Retail along the base of the building is highly-transparent to allow retailers good visibility and the option to roll open sliding doors to spill out onto the sidewalk. Lighting and canopies have also been considered to further enhance the street-level experience.
A defining feature of Ascent is the glowing vertical ribbon marking the building’s main entry. Fabricated of a glowing ‘tape’ material, it twists and turns around the entry canopy eventually shooting straight toward the sky before bending 90 degrees to mark the generous amenity roof deck.
Photos courtesy of Turner Construction
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