Third in a three-part series on Sto Studio
Sto Studio has been providing tailor-made color digital models and illustrations of design and material options for facades and interiors for over three decades now. Working closely with clients, specific architectural and aesthetic concepts are developed based on aproject’s underlying requirements, conditions and objectives. The final result is a series of color renderings to help the client determine the most appealing aesthetic choice. The following are examples of Sto Studio’s art in architecture in a range of residential and commercial projects – including both restoration and new construction.
Restoration of Doubletree Hotel in Bay City, Michigan
Built in 2004, this 550-room property was slated for a much-needed facelift. Sto Studio provided color and design scenarios based on a sequence of requests made by on-site personnel, the owner group, contractor and our Sto distribution partner. By offering a range of options, the eyes of decision-makers were opened to possibilities they had not previously considered, and they were ultimately able to determine the ideal solution.
Seventy-thousand square feet of StoColor® Lotusan® was ultimately used to ensure optimal performance and lasting beauty. The project managers evaluated several vendors and were impressed with the alternatives presented by Sto Studio, which emphasized the contrasts between various colors. The chosen color scheme was less tone-on-tone, with a more deliberate contrast between surfaces, allowing for enhanced curb appeal and an opportunity to celebrate the building’s form.
The Embassy Suites Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was another signature Sto Studio project in the hospitality sector. Sto Studio provided a big assist with a substantial shift in the exterior color palette from a predominantly canary yellow shade to one that was more understated and elegant. This was the fourth Embassy Suites property that Sto Studio consulted on in 2016, and more are expected as the brand continues to refine its identity.
Residential Restoration Upgrades Exterior
A single family, 6000 square foot residence in Portland, Michigan required remediation related to a failing wood-siding exterior. With local experts available to consult with the owners, a solution was quickly identified: StoQuik® Silver. To support this decision, Sto Studio was contracted to illustrate color options incorporating the existing aesthetics. Two thousand square feet of this new Sto system was installed, ensuring the ongoing comfort of the owners, and improved performance of the exterior wall.
Aesthetic Opportunities with New Construction
Sto Canada has been pushing the (building) envelope with Sto Panel Technology and reached out to Sto Studio to illustrate options for a new development in St. Catherines, Ontario. The project architect, Sto Panel affiliate [SkyRise], the general contractor and owner all funneled information to Sto Studio where it was distilled and cross-referenced to help generate a series of color and design renderings. Understanding the aspirations of the development team and translating that into design deliverables proved an invaluable decision-making tool.