Construction is set to commence next week on the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Kum & Go Headquarters planned for downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Dubbed the "Krause Gateway Center," the five-story urban headquarters will be seen as a "natural extension" to the neighboring sculpture park that features a "flexible" work environment that can accommodate Kum & Go's future growth.
“Lightness, simplicity and openness are the main concepts expressed in the design,” says Renzo Piano. “The four vast planes flying over the site will emphasize the lightness and the transparency of the building, and will dialogue with the sculpture park nearby.”
The building will include a series of collaborative work spaces, an outdoor meeting area, rooftop garden, a multi-purpose room for events, a fitness and game room, as well as space for the company's art collection.
Piano was awarded the commission in 2014 over five other internationally renowned practices. The center is expected to complete in early 2018.