Substance Architecture

RenSt Loft

Des Moines, Iowa

This 700 square foot loft walk-out apartment is located in a recently renovated warehouse in Des Moines' Court Avenue District. The narrow unit had few assets: ample daylight and two-story volume. A simple object was placed just off-center and a mezzanine was created along the northern third of the space.

The object placed in the space was modeled after a "corn crib"—an agricultural outbuilding used for storing and drying corn. The "crib" subdivides the space, placing private functions to the north and public functions to the south. The "crib" itself houses a powder room and food storage on the lower level, and a sleeping loft on the upper level. An island separates the kitchen from the dining and living space. Given extreme spatial constraints, the space takes advantage of creative and efficient solutions to the basic domestic program.

Firm of record is Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck where Paul Mankins was the Principal-in-Charge
Photography by Bob Shimer/Hedrich Blessing


Honor Award, 2005
AIA Central States Region

Honor Award, 2005
AIA Iowa


Architectural Record, February 2005
Dwell, 2004
Iowa Architect, 2004:250
Kitchen + Bath Business, 2004
Renovation Style, 2004

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