Studio Melee Workshop & Studio
Office & Commercial Projects
Project Floor Plan & Summary
1312 Locust Street / Suite 100z
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Completion / March 2016
Project Cost / $60,000
SQFT / 1700
Project Type / Remodel
Building Type / Office & Commercial
Jared Jones Construction
After the recent sale of a historic downtown building, its new owner manager turned to a group of young architects to help brainstorm creative ways to utilize the building. In addition to helping design and lease all the vacant tenant spaces in the building within six months, the architects converted what had long served as the building’s loading and maintenance area into their own design studio and workshop.
The new space needed to support the firms traditional office practice with desk space for designing, drafting and modeling via computer, but also have a workshop area where the architects could fabricate physical details and mock-ups. Having an appreciation for modern design and craft in details, the raw and industrial storage space served as the perfect backdrop for the firm’s modern, hand-made interventions.
Project Workshop Builds
With ambitious programmatic goals but a limited footprint, they devised a small mezzanine structure to house the office workstations. The stair and conference room walls were cribbed with fir plywood to provide filtered privacy while allowing the space to remain open, limiting ductwork and ventilation requirements. The plywood provides a warm contrast to the raw brick walls, black-steel accents and concrete floors. The conference room wall which partially serves as the mezzanine railing is supported from the floor framing and subtly hovers over the sloping floor below. The workshop space allows for a variety of uses including fabrication, mock-up, collaboration, entertainment-exhibition space and future expansion. The alley-loading door was infilled with the firm’s material library, while a new glass-overhead door was installed facing the city’s world-renowned sculpture garden.
The project was completed within a budget of $60,000 ($35/sf) over a 4-month period in close collaboration with local wood craftsman, steel fabricators, and various professional tradesmen. The firm was personally involved to help install cribbing, steel railing, carpet and cabinetry.