Architecture Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

4-2006

Journal or Book Title

Iowa Architect

Issue

06:255

First Page

14

Last Page

15

Abstract

Even from a distance one senses a crystalline presence about the Pappajohn Education Center. It glows from within-not unlike the way E.T. glowed when emoting, or, one presumes, the way a nuclear reactor glows in production. Photographic images reinforce the building's luminosity. Its all-glass wrapper, milk-ish and translucent, facilitates it. Had the building been built in Berlin, ca. 1920, its plan would have been either biomorphic or fractured, its gestures greatly exaggerated, and its style unmistakably expressionistic. In 21st century Des Moines, the plan is standard Modernism: L-shaped and undoubtedly economical.

Comments

This article was originally published in the Iowa Architect magazine, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter. For more information contact AIA Iowa at 515.244.7502.

Copyright Owner

American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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