NEUMANN MONSON ARCHITECTS

Keller Williams Realty

This renovation project reads tectonic opportunity into the nuances of a conventional retail shell, with dramatic spatial effect.

The design adapts a long-vacant restaurant to the needs of a growing realty company. Exterior interventions focus to the south, where the new tenants announce themselves with a dramatic 90’x20’ screen wall façade. Strategic sitework enhances the entry sequence while selective demolition improves interior daylighting and interfaces the existing shell with its porous new addition. A generous offset between the existing building and the new screen wall assembly leaves room for a glazed vestibule and a fabric-shaded patio to nestle in the interstice.  

The screen is constructed of multiple layers. Steel columns, tied back to the existing building, support diamond-latticed steel straps that lace together stained 1×1 horizontal wood cribbing. The lattice telegraphs the patterned coursing of the original shell’s masonry walls. A continuous horizontal opening in the cribbing frames patio views and highlights the wood’s steel support structure.

Project Type

Commercial

Location

West Des Moines, Iowa

Size

2,500 SF

Completed

2015

Awards

2016 AIA Iowa Craft Award