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Des Moines Public Library

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David Chipperfield Architects
location Iowa, Des Moines
function library
contributed by FelicityGrace

The library forms an integral part of the new Des Moines Western Gateway Park. This area of the city has undergone extensive redevelopment and the new library and park have become a centrepiece for its urban renewal. Located at the east end of the park, the library provides a link to downtown Des Moines. While the building responds to the adjacent city block, it also stretches out into the parkland, connecting with the surrounding landscape. This creates outside spaces of different characters and conveys to the visitor indoors a sense of sitting in the park while reading a book. The Gateway Gallery is a flexible activity space that forms part of a public route through the building, accentuating its role as a bridge between the park and the city while creating a natural transition between the library and the park.

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Des Moines Public Library
Grand Ave 1000
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Sunday: 13.00 – 17.00 h (Sep - May), Monday - Wednesday: 9.00 – 20.00 h, Thursday & Friday: 9.00 – 18.00 h, Saturday: Closed
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Completion 2006
ArchitectDavid Chipperfield Architects
Project ID 20289
Latitude/Longitude 41°35'10N 93°37'52W
Contributed by FelicityGrace
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