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Des Moines Public Library
Des Moines, Iowa

  • project Des Moines Public Library
  • architect David Chipperfield, London / Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck
  • lighting designer Arup Lighting
  • design David Chipperfield Architects
  • electrical planning KJWW Engineering

Founded in 1866, the Des Moines Public Library serves a pop­u­la­tion of approx­i­mately 200,000. With six branches, the urban library sup­ports mul­ti­ple out­reach pro­grams and houses four spe­cial col­lec­tions includ­ing the Iowa Col­lec­tion — an assort­ment of books and other items reflect­ing the his­tory and cul­ture of the State of Iowa and the City of Des Moines.

Opened in 2006, the Public Library fea­tures green” design and is said to convey the atmos­phere of the city” due its unique design, aes­thet­ics, and prag­matic approach for both energy con­ser­va­tion and user friend­li­ness.

David Chipperfield’s new public library of Des Moines, Iowa fea­tures a 3500 square meter metal­lic sheen glass facade. Over 7,300 feet of M60 Direct sus­pended and recessed pro­vide the light­ing for this award win­ning cen­ter­piece of urban renewal for Des Moines.

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