Aspen Athletic

by Brent Schipper· October 14, 2021· in · 0 comments
Location: Des Moines, IA Program: Gymnasium  Area: 25,287 SF Photo Credits: Joseph Kastner
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Riverview Park was an amusement park operating from 1915 to 1978.  The park included the Riviera Ballroom, a nationally-known venue.  No remnants remain.  The site is bare. Riviera Stage is the celebration of a city’s history and a neighborhood’s pride. It is a venue for performance intended to echo the purpose and import of the Riviera Ballroom, which once hosted the likes of Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Lawrence Welk and Glenn Miller. The modern form of the structure belies a series of historical references woven into the design. The open-air venue harkens back to the Riviera’s original open-air design with open side walls and exterior seating areas, the barrel trusses reflect the past legend’s structure and the stage will rest near the spot where the Duke once thrilled crowds. The design’s celebration is rooted in making a place for a vibrancy that has been hushed for nearly four decades. It creates a spirit of adventure through soaring elements that recall the daring of yesterdays “Coaster” and “Wild Mouse”. It is intended to be magical—just like all the ghost structures of the island.  The island will again be home to legends, laughter and dancing.   Location: Des Moines, Iowa Area: Unbuilt […]
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by Brent Schipper· November 25, 2020· in · 0 comments
The Lil’ Store at Twin Lakes was in need of an expansion.  The demand for a convenience store/boat fuel/restaurant/bar was booming on the sleepy lake in north central Iowa.  The little store needed to be much bigger. The footprint was allowed only minor changes due to set backs, parking and utilities.  Zoning regulations had changed significantly since the Lil’ Store was originally built and modified.  Some walls were only allowed in their current location if they remained in place.  Making the Lil’ Store bigger was limited to going up. As the only commercial entity on the lake, the building merited a unique language.  A shed form was chosen to communicate its special role and create a volume that afforded two stories of public gathering spaces with views of the lake.  The building is clad in a metal roof element which extends to the ground on the minor facades and frames the common lake home materials of shake siding and stone. The fenestration is lake focused using numerous glass overhead doors that can be opened in mild weather to connect the restaurant /bar component to the terrace and lake beyond.  The interior is an inviting fusion of wood, concrete and color.  […]
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It is a box.  A secure box.  A fort. The emulation of the fort upon which this community is founded. Fort: a work established for the defense of a land or maritime frontier, of an approach to a town, or of a pass or river. Although the term originally denoted a small fortification garrisoned by troops, in North America it was used to designate virtually any establishment—civil or military—associated with protection from adversaries, regardless of whether any actual fortifications were included. This fort is designated to protect from the adversaries of weather and to always protect the bounties of Snickers bars and Powerade. The box is skewed from the agrarian grid beyond.  It is the hub of the orientation of baseball.The walls are fort-like.  A nearly impenetrable concrete with form work echoing the palisades of the historic fort. The high windows ensure security because this fort will stand alone 99% of its existence.  The spaces are made pleasant by their daylight.   The glow of the evening designates this civil establishment. The structure is timbered.  The roof serves as a counterforts of sorts.  The strength of the members are obvious.  The colors are real. It is a fort that serves the […]
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Smash Park

by Brent Schipper· May 27, 2020· in · 0 comments
ASK Studio provided interior design for this entertainment venue that was unique to the State of Iowa.  A venue mixes food and drink with indoor/outdoor games; featuring pickle ball!  The design was driven by the client’s vision that was expressed exuberantly and passionately at every design meeting!  There was a belief (which became a resounding reality) that there was an untapped demand for an activity space that was the contemporary version of every hometown bowling alley.  The goal of the interiors was to represent through material and color the spirit of “fun”.The color scheme was based on the corporate palette.  There were flashes of color to guide and direct to reception, rental and food.  The atmosphere was dependent on layers affording players and participants individual experiences within a space that can most succinctly be described as an indoor park with a bar.The results are fun.   Location: West Des Moines, IowaProgram: CommercialArea: 26, 600 Sq FtClient: Smash Park Des Moines, LLCPhoto Credits: Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio
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Bloomfield Public Library

by Brent Schipper· November 28, 2018· in · 0 comments
The library was a gift from the Carnegie Foundation steeped in heritage and its existing historic fabric was critical. The new addition had to echo this character. We closely read its past through photographs, learning its language. We then wrote a considered sequel. The new roof shrugs beneath the elder roof, a respectful gesture to the latter’s age. Inside new finishes and lighting carefully highlight important features of the old library while enlightening readers. A central entry hall binds the new program to the old structure while giving more visitors access. The project team closely observed every aspect, including a railing in the entry hall and the furniture that would fill the space; in this architecture, as in writing, the punctuation was as important as the narrative. It is a thoughtful extension to a repository of thought. Location: Bloomfield, IA Program: Public Client: City of Bloomfield Photo Credits: Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio
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Captain Roy’s

by Brent Schipper· September 10, 2018· in · 0 comments
It was a shed. It had few distinguishing features.  There was a patina.  Some caused by fire, some caused by flood and still more caused by an unfortunate choice of paint. The shed seemed to have nothing, except a position. This position is defined as:                 In a park                 Along a bike trail                 Beside a river                 Near a marina To just a few, it was obvious that this was nirvana. A resurrection was required to make a position into a place. A food truck was to be the gravity to this position.  It was orange.  A fortunate choice of paint. The shed would protect the food truck, contain bathrooms and a bar. The site would be further defined by an asphalt floor dining room under strings of lights, a deck for thinking and drinking and a performance stage repurposed from an ailing pontoon boat. And bike racks. People came to the position.  They came by auto, boat, bike and motor bike.  They were fed from the food truck, served drinks from the shed and witnessed music emanating from a grounded pontoon craft.  The position is now a place called Captain Roy’s. The color choices have been fortunate. […]
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Kibbey Building

by Brent Schipper· November 29, 2017· in · 0 comments
The redevelopment of the Kibbey Building and its adjacent site is a model for small town Iowa main streets.  The project consisted of the insertion of 4 apartment units on the second floor of the structure and the redevelopment of the adjacent empty site into a community park. The project’s design was intended to preserve a historic fabric of Main Street.  Literally. The project serves as an example of the success in building repurposing, but as a special model in use of neglected and empty sites that erode the downtown fabric.  The park embraces the empty corner lot giving it life and purpose.   The public canopy supports PV panels used for lighting and power for irrigation pumps.  The irrigation system is an active way of conditioning storm water in the hardscape area of downtown and is fed by a storm water management cistern below the Kibbey parking lot.   The project is also an example that positive change can happen in small steps.  One small building and one bare lot are now making a difference to a community and serving as an example to many others.   Location: Marshalltown, Iowa Program: Housing, Residential, Preservation Client: Downtown Leases and Lofts, LLC. Photo […]
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Ligutti Tower Terrace

by Brent Schipper· September 26, 2017· in · 0 comments
We look for opportunities to use metal in its simplest configuration. The beauty is found in the utility of its forms with simple requirements for weathering and exposure. Our insertion on an urban rooftop uses metal as building structure, sculpture and boundary. With a simple and unadorned collection of metal components we create space, add layers and provide focus. All with a material that can withstand the winds of tall building canyons, while needing very little maintenance. Metal effortlessly is a vertical element, then a horizontal element. The collection of prefabricated elements are minimally detailed, allowing users to appreciate the forms and rhythms of frame, fluted decking and welded wire panels. While rigid as structure and rhythm, metal is malleable in form and purpose. The structural frame begins as building, then transforms to trellis like no other material would allow. The material is used simply highlighting characteristics that are uniquely metal.   Location: Des Moines, Iowa Program: Housing, Urban Space Client: Newbury Living Photo Credits: Timothy Hursley
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State Theatre

by Brent Schipper· August 12, 2016· in · 0 comments
On November 27, 1893, The New Graham hosted its opening night in Washington, Iowa. The theatre replaced the original 1886 Graham Opera House that was destroyed in a fire on November 1892. Actress Clara Morris was listed on the playbill for her performance in “Odette” and performed to a sold out audience. Today, State Theatre—the name adopted in 1931—holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest continuously operating cinema theatre, having been in continuous operation since May 14, 1897. The first moving picture was shown on a cinematrographe that was made in Paris, France, and show tickets sold for 15, 25 and 35 cents each. While the theatre’s doors remained open throughout the years, time and a fire had damaged the community icon, and with the aid of historic tax credits and grants transferred through the city’s downtown revitalization group, State Theatre was restored back to its 1940’s look. Planning for exterior renovations of the 6,710 square foot building began in January 2011. Removal of the blonde storefront level brick added in the 1970s revealed the original arcade storefront. Special attention was paid to matching the original color, texture and color range of brick and mortar during masonry restoration. Other […]
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