St. Louis landmark unifies art and architecture

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

St. Louis, MO

  • Art
  • Exhibit Space
  • Offices
  • Tadao Ando

Project Story

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is the second building in the United States to be designed by internationally known Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Christner served as Architect of Record, providing technical design support, construction documentation and construction administration for this important project.

  • Size

    27,000 SF

  • Status

    Completed 2001; Lower Level Galleries Completed 2015

  • Design Architect

    Tadao Ando

  • Awards

    2003 AIA Central States Honor Award for Architecture

  • 2003 AIA St. Louis Honor Award for Craftsmanship

  • 2002 AIA St. Louis Honor Award for Architecture

  • 2001 ACI Concrete Award


The 27,000 SF two-story structure was conceived to further the understanding of the relationship between art and architecture and to help define how the setting influences the appreciation of art. The building includes exhibit space, library and offices brought together with a formal spatial vocabulary, meticulously detailed and finished concrete surfaces, and dramatic use of daylight.

In 2014, Christner was again asked to provide local support on the completion of the lower level galleries. Two galleries, restrooms, and a monumental concrete stair were included in the project. The space was designed to be flexible and accommodating for rotating exhibits and is meticulously detailed with hardwood floors, plaster ceiling and walls, and concrete surfaces.

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