Images of Anew, A New Iconic Space in Grand Center

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It’s the kind of place we see in other cities and say, “why can’t we have that in St. Louis?” A year-and-a-half ago we reported that a rooftop bistro was coming to one of Grand Center’s already iconic buildings. Named “Anew“, the rooftop addition opened this past fall as a test kitchen and event space.

We love reporting on new projects, concepts, and ideas, but every once-in-a-while it’s great to take a look at how a unique project turned out. Anew isn’t large, with 4,250sf of rooftop space and 2,250sf inside, but it certainly makes a big impression. Here’s to hoping St. Louis continues to find creative projects. Tyson Pyle, a Senior Designer at HDA Architects, was the project designer.

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From our previous NEXT STL report:

rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO

A $3M building permit was issued late last month for a long awaited rooftop garden atop the Big Brothers Big Sisters building in St. Louis’ Grand Center arts district. The project had be rumored earlier this year, with BSI Constructors being named general contractor. An invitation to bid on components of the project was released by BSI in May. Project images had appeared on the HDA Architects website, but are no longer posted.

Images show a contemporary dining and event space labeled Bistro 501. If the design remains similar to that pictured, the addition will be very prominent from street level as it sits above the three-story corner building. The space will be approximately 2,000sf and available for special events. There has been no announcement as to whether it will be open to the public on a daily basis. Construction is scheduled to begin yet this year.

rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO
rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO
rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO
rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO
{Big Brothers Big Sisters building today}
{Previously a Woolworths, the building prior to renovation}

The project is yet another big addition to a now fast developing Grand Center. Recently we featured what we might expect following the renovation of the Missouri Theatre Building and the investment from Bull Moose Tube. Other project in recent years include the Metropolitan building, which has been fully renovated as artist lofts. Jazz St. Louis recently completed a total overhaul and expansion, KDHX independent radio found a home here, and the Grand Center Arts Academy makes its home in two incredible historic buildings. Then there’s the new St. Louis Public Radio and it’s even newer Public Media Commons shared with The Nine Network. And then Fox Associates recently announced it will be opening Curtain Call, a champagne bar, in a street level space next to the Fox Theatre’s main entrance on Grand.

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  • CWEnder

    Wow. The inside doesn’t match the outside at all. Dried-flower wreaths? It’s an “arts center” for crying out loud. Looks great from the outside, though. More modern architectural inventions, please!

  • Riggle

    Is grand center getting anything that would actually allow you to live an urban lifestyle there or just more event/performance space for midcounty people to drive to then drive home?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Bull Moose HQ – hopefully. Then more housing – hopefully.

  • John

    Looks great and very contemporary! Better than an undeveloped old building, regardless of the limited access. Let this be a continuation of more interesting and modern redevelopment in St. Louis.

  • Adam

    “It’s the kind of place we see in other cities and say, “why can’t we have that in St. Louis?”

    Gimme a break. It’s a rooftop event space. It’s nice, but it’s not that novel. And if it’s not open to the public then who really cares? How many of us are ever going to see it?

    • Alex Ihnen

      🙁 I get it. But as I travel I see small modern interventions like this and am jealous. I may never got to Anew, but I’m happy it’s there. Creative use of unused spaces is a hallmark of a vibrant, exciting city. Anew itself isn’t going to change Grand Center, but it’s a nice addition.

      • Adam

        Sorry, didn’t mean to condescend. It is a nice modern addition. In terms of its modernity I can understand the sentiment–St. Louis is still lacking in that department. I was thinking more along the lines of it rooftop-ness not being all that novel.

        • Alex Ihnen

          True. I’m not inclined to hyperbole – got a little out of hand there! 🙂

          • Adam

            Watch it, buddy! 😉

    • Seth Porter

      Here is a free, open to the public, event with some great local music.

      https://www.facebook.com/events/990906584376266/

      • Adam

        Cool. I hope this kind of thing happens regularly.

  • Roger Hacker

    So were the plans for it to be an open-to-the-public bistro scrapped in favor of it being a private event space?

    • PD

      Thats what im thinking. Why operate a staff when you can make jsut as much as an event space with 3rds party(preferred vendors kickbacks) catering.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Good Q. FWIW – it looks like the test kitchen is open this Fri-Sat-Sun: http://meetanew.com/test-kitchen/