c. amstutz


art g(alle)r(y)

post office plaza | St Louis, MO
38°62’91.2”n  -90°19’49.8”w  

critic:  ZEULER LIma
option studio  
spring 2019

Titled “Drawing (From) Lina Bo Bardi,” this collaborative analog studio examined the architecture and attitude of Bo Bardi as a basis to propose a case for St. Louis. Bo Bardi’s unique approach to architecture consistently places people first, over form: she believes that architecture is a backdrop for social interaction and growth.


an exchange, a poster

Promted to create a deck of 14 cards and exchange the cards with peers, each student then synthesized the contents of the cards into a poster. Both my deck of cards and poster explores Bo Bardi’s fascination with vernacular architecture. 

The poster depicts the 14 cards (received from my peers) splayed about a coffee table as reading material; representing the cyclical nature of architectural learning and inspiration from peers and anonymous architecture alike.

figure / ground

a drawing model

The drawing model explores the "human-ness" of Bo Bardi’s drawings. The cube model represents the glass house – each cube face etched, inked, printed and then sealed closed. Opposing sides of the cube divide the scene into foreground and background, showing how Bo Bardi subverted the importance of people over architecture in her practice.

expansive alley

a case for st. louis

The Case is both a pysical and hypothetical proposal for a project in St. Louis. Through walking and mapping downtown I discovered a site to embrace Bo Bardi’s architectural methodology by activating a vacant alley through accessibility to the arts.

The Case includes a conceptual concrete model and  site “book” exploring the alley site, both fitting into a wooden site-map display tray. 

activated alley
implementing an intervention

Art G(alle)r(y) presents one  solution to the case proposal, which relies on the existing fabric of the city, as well as an architectural intervention.

The project takes advantage of the alley proportions, calling to activate the ground level of the alley canyon through choreographing the walking surface. Five artists residency pods of various scales, and an art gallery and café wrap the alley and adjacent vacant lot to invite the public into the space to enjoy the arts.

© 2020 caroline amstutz