Located on Vandeventer Avenue in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis City, this 12,500sf historic industrial building has been given a new life as the corporate headquarters of a local IT firm. The former metal fabrication facility of Lunar Tool Company was originally built in the 1930s and is in the Liggett and Myers National Historic District. An addition from the 1980s nearly doubled the original factory space. In transforming the building, the architects created an open, collaborative workplace while still maintaining opportunities for focus and privacy. Much of the building’s historic character is preserved, including the manager’s overlook and the 5-ton crane over the reception area which now helps to support the loft space. The restoration of barn doors in the lounge areas allows for an open connection to the outside, while a bevy of north-facing windows allow for natural light to flood the main work area. The building blends the vintage character of the machine shop with the modern aesthetic of a cutting-edge technology company and allows the employees to focus on the important tasks at hand—like playing ping pong or lifting weights in the gym.

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