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Public Library of Des Moines, Iowa, Preliminary Design Sketch

A work made of ink on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of ink on tracing paper.

Date:

2002

Artist:

David Chipperfield
English, born 1953

About this artwork

David Chipperfield’s public library design was commissioned as an important part of the civic regeneration strategy of Des Moines, Iowa, an important structure that would connect a new park district to the downtown business district. This linking function is expressed through the building’s shape and the important “gateway gallery” space on the ground floor, which creates a public route through the building, reinforcing its bridging character between the park and the city. Chipperfield chose a plan for the building with three lobes or wings to accommodate the public lobby areas, administrative offices, stacks, and reading areas. From a distance, the building appears to be a solid metal object, an illusion created by a hybrid cladding material composed of a copper mesh laminated between two layers of glass that serves to reflect sunlight, reduce cooling costs, and produce even light for reading.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

David Chipperfield (Architect)

Title

Public Library of Des Moines, Iowa, Preliminary Design Sketch

Origin

Des Moines

Date

2002

Medium

Ink on tracing paper

Dimensions

29.9 × 40 cm (11 3/4 × 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of David Chipperfield

Reference Number

2004.713.2

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