Architect David Chipperfield Architects, HLKB Architecture
Contractor The Weitz Company
Known as one of Des Moines’ most unique structures, the building envelope for the library consists of 4-sided structurally glazed two-story high unitized curtainwall. The suspended copper mesh located behind the low iron outboard lite allows the true color of the copper to be displayed. The base of the unitized curtain wall system features glass fiber reinforced concrete panels which are set back from the face of the building skin, creating a hovering effect for this shimmering building skin. Designed to blend in with the surrounding park-like setting, the 150,000 square foot library features many sustainable characteristics including energy efficient day lighting, as a result of the copper mesh within the insulated glass unit, and a green roof.