Photo Credit: Michele Dehance

Krause Gateway Center

OPN Architects

The four planes of the new Krause Gateway Center fly above downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway. Lightness, simplicity, and openness define the corporate headquarters, which houses several companies under the same ownership, offering opportunities to co-mingle and capitalize on collisions. Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed the 160,000-square-foot structure in collaboration with OPN Architects. The site’s location at the crux of a shift in the city grid inspired the design, which rotates the uppermost floors to orient with the northern city grid while maintaining alignment with the surrounding context at the lower floors. The rotation of the city grid, which was also adopted by the building, is exactly 15.96 degrees. Wall-to-wall expanses of glass are protected by deep overhangs, avoiding direct sun while allowing natural light deep into the building, offering 360-degree views of the downtown skyline. The focal point of the modern design is its light-filled lobby encased by 29-foot-tall glass panels, which were the second tallest in North America at the time of installation. An open plan on all six levels fosters collaboration and flexibility for the associates who work in neighborhoods and select work areas daily. A multi-purpose room and an art gallery occupy the second level, while the first floor houses a conference center, café, game room, and fitness room with lockers. The site also welcomes visitors and accommodates tree-filled urban park space that compliments and contrasts the Pappajohn Sculpture Park across the street, while creating outdoor work areas for associates. Interior spaces have direct access to additional complimentary outdoor areas at upper levels as well. On the roof, a small glazed pavilion sits within the native short-grass prairie and contains a multifunctional lounge and dining furniture for working in groups, entertaining, or relaxing.

General Information

Location: 1459 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

SQFT: 160000

Project Type: New Construction

Building Type(s): commercial

Project Complete Date: October 2018

Project Cost: $151,000,000.00

People Involved

Firm: OPN Architects

Contractor: Ryan Companies

Photographer: Michele Dehance