Regionalism // Form
The site is defined by its proximity to the Des Moines River and its expansive views of downtown Des Moines. The Iowa limestone bluff is a natural occurrence along the river, which the design of the base of the building emulates. Interstate 235 to the north creates a high amount of exposure to noise, but the design of the building shelters the exterior communal spaces and protects the interior occupants by reducing the amount of sound transmittance.
Clarity // Character
The building is broken into three distinct forms, which allows for a unique language for each. The concrete base is defined by inspiration from the neighboring bluffs, the white mass by its “infill” language, and the black mass by its “dwell” language. Although each is unique, they relate to create a singular form. The building directly relates to the existing townhomes in the Bridge District Neighborhood. The base form ends at the same height as the adjacent townhomes, creating a direct relationship between the buildings. In addition, by placing the building at the terminus of 2nd Street, Level creates a visual cap to the neighborhood.
People // Vibrancy
The building design relates to the site design of the Bridge District Neighborhood. The defined edge of Level reinforces the green belts within Bridge District that guides pedestrians towards the river walk. The large exterior deck will create a vibrant communal space that will feel as if it’s floating over the Des Moines River. It will also catch the eye of anyone driving past on I-235 or across the river in downtown Des Moines.