Engendering feelings of joy and empowerment

Rung Expansion

Rung for Women

St. Louis, MO

  • addition
  • Classrooms
  • Offices

Project Story

The Christner team is currently working with Rung to design an addition to their Headquarters building to expand member services. The new multi-purpose center will be approximately 12,000 square-feet and will include expanded conference, office, and a yoga room. In 2020, the design team completed a restoration, renovation, and expansion of the adjacent 1925 manufacturing building in the historic Fox Park neighborhood. This new building represents Phase Two of the campus masterplan.

  • Size

    12,000 SF

  • Status

    Est. Completion 2023

The Work

The architecture is rooted in the traditions of the past but acknowledges its place-in-time and is forward looking. The facade of the expansion employs brick in shades that complement the existing buildings and neighborhood, but with a decidedly contemporary language of bonding, panelizing, and detailing.

The south façade engages the historic character of the neighborhood using a steady rhythm of punched openings. The north façade – facing a community garden – is more expressive and playful. Signage and rich colors of brick reinforce a sense of belonging while engendering feelings of joy and empowerment.

The interior planning employs a simple parti. The large, double-height volume on the north hosts community events and gatherings. The two-story volume to the south houses classrooms and administrative offices.