Metamorphic Cities Studio

In the fall of 2014, Downtown STL, Inc. and the Sam Fox School partnered to explore adaptive reuse possibilities for the Railway Exchange Building, working in cooperation with the owners of the iconic structure.

Students in Metamorphic Cities: Sustainable Strategies for Adaptive Reuse, a graduate architecture studio led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas, responded to a call for innovative design ideas to reimagine the 21-story high-rise building, reinvigorate the surrounding area, and contribute to the continuing transformation of downtown St. Louis. Their proposals speculate on the future use for the 1.2 acres of vacant space, creating an interface between their design explorations and an important historical and cultural monument for St. Louis. For more information about the studio, read this news release.

The following students participated in this studio; to view images from their proposals, click on the project name below:
Alex Ayres, "Crafting Connections"
Jonathan Bryer, "Light through [Space] | Space through [Light]"
Caridad Cáceres, "Univer[city]: Activating the Vertical Field"
Michael Halls, "Raising Music"
Garrett House, "Symbiotic Exchange"
Brett Loehmann, "Contextual Permeability"
Caitlin Milligan, "Capturing the Void"
Michael Politte, "Permeable Boundaries"
Hang Ye, "Urban Promenade: Flux in the Public Space"

To share your opinions and perspectives on the future of the Railway Exchange Building, contact Downtown STL, Inc.

Media Coverage

Architecture Students Give Historic Railway Exchange Building a New Look, Sharon Stevens, HEC-TV Impact

Listen to Freixas and students discuss their plans with Don Marsh, host of "St. Louis on the Air," on St. Louis Public Radio>>

Architecture students devise rehabs of Railway Exchange, Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 11, 2014

Students Pitch Plans for Future of Railway Exchange Building, Brett Blume & Jessica Machetta, CBS St. Louis, December 11, 2014

Wash U. students offer designs to transform Railroad Exchange building, Jeff Bernthal, KTVI FOX 2 News St. Louis, December 10, 2014