The corner of 5th an Court is an exciting opportunity in Des Moines urban space. At the same time, it should serve as a gathering place, an urban marker, identify the entry to the district + be deferential to Courthouse.
All of these goals for the articulation of the corner of a building can be tough to integrate into one urban space + one architectural idea. All design tells a story + speaks to the people that interact with it. We must always set our goals for design with intention, purpose + authenticity.
Our new public Pocket Plaza space at the SE corner of 5th and Court will be an integral part of the way-finding network downtown with the completion of our Beacon. The Beacon will be a vertical, internally-lit, passive cooling tower cloaked in art. The tower will serve as a prominent urban marker seen on 5th from the north and south. Pedestrians walking in the area will easily perceive this as the entry + identity to the west end of the Court Avenue District.
CAS 420 is an opportunity to step into the SSA ‘war room’ where urban diagrams, placemaking ideas + urban living drove the design for our submission to the City of Des Moines for the project located at 420 Court Avenue. Hubbell Realty Company, Slingshot Architecture + Reynolds Urban Design teamed up to propose a thoughtful solution derived from a regionalist connection. Please comment + share with your friends.