Adjacent to downtown St. Louis, Grand Center lies at the confluence of residential, commercial, educational and cultural centers. Recognizing the need to provide quality housing for new arrivals in Grand Center, specifically millennials and empty-nesters, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio has been entrusted to develop the Olive West Masterplan, a housing development along Olive St. that responds to the need for community and shared space to connect a diverse set of private living conditions.Situated in close proximity to both the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Olive West Masterplan will respond to the cultural character of the community by creating its own center of production and meeting within the historic Wolfner Building as well as spaces of communal leisure and play between the housing units. The units themselves will be designed by a set of internationally-recognized architects who will tackle the issues of housing and community with their own approaches, catalyzing housing diversity within the collective. Varying degrees of privacy, from the intimate home to the public park that are weaved together by a series of vibrant communal spaces, generate circumstances under which people feel comfortable to participate in community. In this spirit, a hierarchy of spaces from completely private to completely public was organized. In-between spaces, such as each unit’s private outdoor space or the residential amenities located between units, allow for nuanced communal meeting places. A mix of town houses (two adjoining or stacked units) and garden houses (single units) provide the base elements from which the masterplan is determined.