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111 East Grand and St. Kilda Surf & Turf / Neumann Monson Architects

© Cameron Campbell Integrated Studio © Cameron Campbell Integrated Studio © Mike Sinclair © Cameron Campbell Integrated Studio + 20

Whiteline Loft / Neumann Monson Architects

© Integrated Studio © Integrated Studio © Integrated Studio © Integrated Studio + 13

Des Moines, United States

350 E. Locust St. / Neumann Monson Architects

© Assassi Productions
© Assassi Productions

© Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions + 14

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Des Moines Municipal Services Center / Neumann Monson Architects

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American Enterprise Group National Headquarters Renovation / BNIM

© Nick Merrick © Nick Merrick © Ezra Stoller © Nick Merrick + 22

  • Architects: BNIM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  153000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Renzo Piano to Break Ground on Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters

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.”

BIG and Morphosis Among Six Shortlisted for Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters

Kum & Go has enlisted six internationally renowned practices to compete for design of its new $92 million headquarters planned for Des Moines, Iowa: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Morphosis, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Safdie Architects, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The 24-hour convenience store chain plans to select an architect by mid-November. The 120,000-square-foot corporate office will be built on the north side of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, between 14th and 15th streets.

A Walk Along the Bayou: An Award-Winning Proposal Aims to Reinvent Houston’s River

02 Mile Aerial Perspective - Downtown. Image Courtesy of UH College of Architecture
02 Mile Aerial Perspective - Downtown. Image Courtesy of UH College of Architecture

Nearly 9,000 kilometers separate Venice, Italy from Houston, Texas, and yet, both cities are bound by a simple connection: the coexistence of the urban fabric with the waterfront. This connection was brought to life this summer through The University of Houston’s exhibition at the Venice Architectural Biennale's Time Space Existence Event: RISKY HABIT[AT]: DYNAMIC LIVING ON THE BUFFALO BAYOU. Awarded the Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) Award for Best Exhibition, the exhibition showcased the complexities and potential of the city's relationship with its waterfront. To better understand Houston’s waterfront and the changing relationship between the city and its river we visited the site ourselves. Read after the break to see what it’s like to talk a walk along the Bayou, and to find out what the Houston river project can learn from similar undertakings in Chicago, Des Moines, and Newark.

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Principal Riverwalk Pavilion / Substance Architecture

© Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby + 30

Des Moines, United States

Dart Central Station / Substance Architecture

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby + 15

Des Moines, United States
  • Architects: Substance Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  22000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Water Works Park / Sasaki Associates

Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Sasaki Associates, with RDG Planning & Design and Applied Ecological Services (AES), were recently announced as the winning team of the Water Works Parkitecture Competition. The international design competition entailed the creation of a conceptual plan for Water Works Park to form dynamic relationships between the river, the watershed, and the community. Education and the connection between the river and the community were highly stressed in Sasaki’s winning proposal. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jirsa Residence / substance

© Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions © Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions © Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions © Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions + 9

  • Architects: substance
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2700 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Jasper Winery / substance

© Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions © Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions © Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions © Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions + 10

Des Moines, United States
  • Architects: substance
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Des Moines Union Railway Bridge / Safdie Rabines Architects

© Max Kun Zhang © Max Kun Zhang © Max Kun Zhang © Max Kun Zhang + 7