Mevorach Studio Addition

Location
Des Moines, Iowa
Year
2019
Size
1,500 SF

Client
Yorame Mevorach & Katya Gibel Mevorach

Project Team
Tim Hickman
Paolo Orlando

Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture
Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture

Mevorach Studio Addition

The Mevorach Studio is an addition to an 1883 Victorian home situated in Des Moines, IA's historic Sherman Hill neighborhood. The challenge was twofold: integrating a modern addition into a historic context without mimicking vintage details and fulfilling the artistic and functional needs of the client, an internationally acclaimed artist who uses the space to work on projects and create exhibits. The studio needed to harmonize with the existing home, offer accessibility to the street, and provide a haven for the artist's creative endeavors.

To achieve a respectful contrast with the historic setting, the addition employs a minimalist design, using modern materials like concrete and glulam timber beams. Positioned northeast of the existing house, it features a concrete wall that contours the new space, offering both privacy and aesthetic appeal. The studio’s façade is intentionally closed, save for openings near the existing house, balancing intimacy with transparency. A striking light installation, designed by the owner, adorns the exterior corners facing the street, using LED screens to create a mesmerizing visual feature that operates around the clock. This nuanced architectural solution ensures that the Mevorach Studio seamlessly integrates into its historic surroundings while serving as an avant-garde hub for artistic innovation.

Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture

Project location plan

Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture

Axonometric view

Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture

Floor plan

Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture

Roof plan

Mevorach Studio Addition – Substance Architecture

Bird's eye sketch of neighborhood context 

Consultants

Structural Engineer
KPFF (formerly Saul Engineering)
Mechanical Engineer
The Waldinger Corporation
General Contractor
Holcomb Corporation

Awards

2023 International Architecture Award
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design and The European Centre Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
2022 American Architecture Award - Honorable Mention
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design and The European Centre Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

Photography by Corey Gaffer, Paul Crosby Architectural Photography, and Jeff Wagner