St. Louis Public Library: Signage

Project Information

The St. Louis Public Library renovated their historic 1912 Cass Gilbert designed building and reopened it to the public in late 2012. KLI worked closely with the Library and project architects Cannon Design to establish a signage system that integrated seamlessly with the grandeur of the existing architecture and the streamlined sophistication of the reimagined spaces. Patterns were carefully created inspired by the buildings’ original adornment and repurposed as a wayfinding method through each of the four levels of the building. Typography of large and small scale, color of selectively subtle or blissfully bold presence, and a variety of materials were used to delight visitors with whit and whimsy while helping them find what they are looking for.

RECOGNITION: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards 2013; Architizer A+ Award, Public Choice; The Washington Post; The St. Louis Egotist; St. Louis Post Dispatch; St. Louis MagazineSt. Louis Public Library; 2014 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, The American Institute of Architects; 2013 National Preservation Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation; 2013 AIA St. Louis Design Awards Architecture Merit Award; 2013 AIA Central States Interior Architecture Merit Award; 2013 Winner, Public Sector, FX International Interior Design Awards; 2014 IIDA/ALA Library Interior Design Award, Best of Category Winner, Public Libraries; ENR, Best Renovation/Restoration Project in Midwest’s Best Projects Competition; Building Design & Construction, Reconstruction Awards; Buildings 2013 ABBY Award, Merit Award (Crystal); Landmarks St. Louis, Most Enhanced Award; CNR, St. Louis Construction News and Review, Regional Excellence Award