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Monarch West / Randy Brown

  • Architects: Randy Brown Architects
  • Location: Highway 370, MO, USA
  • Architect: Randy Brown Architects
  • Civil Engineer: E&A Consulting Group
  • Electrical Engineer: Alvine & Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer: CEI
  • Contractor: Darland Construction
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Farshid Assassi

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From the architect. Monarch West is Randy Brown Architects’ latest exploration into improving strip mall development. Regarding strip malls as inevitable, Brown has developed a series of them with the intention of making this reality inspiring. Previous projects include 120 Blondo, Village Pointe East, and Monarch Place.

© Farshid Assassi
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The design of Monarch West relied on the same concept and goals that made Monarch Place a success. With the concept of a billboard, the building’s structural steel pieces, skin and lighting organize tenant signage and catch people’s attention as they drive by.

© Farshid Assassi
© Farshid Assassi

The design features of the project including Z-shaped steel benches, native grasses and pea gravel create a more desirable public outdoor space than is usually associated with strip malls.

© Farshid Assassi
© Farshid Assassi
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