Pulitzer Arts Foundation
St. Louis, Missouri
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is the second building in the United States to be designed by internationally known Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Christner was Architect of Record, providing technical design support, construction documentation and construction administration services for this important project.
The 27,000 sf two-story structure was conceived to further the understanding of the relationship between art and architecture and to help define how the setting influences the appreciation of art. The building includes exhibit space, library and offices brought together with a formal spatial vocabulary, meticulously detailed and finished concrete surfaces, and dramatic use of daylight. In 2014, the Foundation decided to complete Ando’s vision for the building by renovating the lower level into additional gallery space and Christner was again engaged on this 5,000 sf project. Two galleries, restrooms, and a monumental concrete stair were included in the renovation.