Substance Architecture

Faegre & Benson

Des Moines, Iowa

This Des Moines law offices relocated to the 31st floor of a downtown office building. The new location affords spectacular views as well as an efficient, effective work environment for the attorneys and their staff. The project was developed in two phases; both led by Paul Mankins, FAIA.

Private offices and conference spaces form a band of space lining the perimeter of the building. Inside this band is a 15-foot wide circulation and administrative zone. This zone expands the circulation space to form a series of large rooms—providing a gracious spatial experience.

Finally, next to the building core is a band of service spaces which include paralegal offices, copy rooms, a law library, and file server space. This overall organization allowed the existing perimeter offices (built for a previous tenant, also a law practice) to be retained largely intact (including lighting, ceilings, trim, etc) reducing the cost of the build out.

Firm of Record Phase One is Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck
Photography by Farshid Assassi / Assassi Productions

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