The Architect’s Newspaper has published a new story celebrating the rejuvenated Maryland Heights Community Center, “CannonDesign Completes a Sweeping Community Center in St. Louis.” As the story notes, “the recently completed community center in the outer-ring St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Missouri has already gathered multiple awards. The complex replaces an outdated facility for the community of 27,000. Its sweeping form and landscape are shaped to mediate between the projects diverse public programs and a busy highway.
The new center offers more space and a greater variety of activity areas than the community’s previous facility. Key recreation features include a two-court multi-use activity court, group exercise rooms, expanded weights and cardio training areas, a cycling studio, indoor waking/jogging track and an indoor family pool with three fitness lap lanes. Community amenity spaces include a multi-use events space, a pre-school, a babysitting area, dedicated seniors space, meetings rooms and a police substation.
Per The Architect’s Newspaper, “The form of the building and landscape are designed to present the functions of the building to the greater public while shielding the center’s users from the sound of a nearby highway. In order to maintain the usable green space around the project, and to separate it from the busy roadway, the landscape was lifted around the building to create an occupiable berm. Much of the building’s program is nestled into this landscape, while the curving form of the building shelters the entryway from highway noise.”