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Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee

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Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee

Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  4460 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers :  Big Ass Fans, Bradley Corporation USA, Louis Poulsen, Lutron, Interface, Assa Abloy, Delta Millworks, Finelite, Lumenwerx, Manko Window Systems, Mohawk Flooring, Shaw, Toto, Web Joist, Windsor Windows + Doors

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Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

Text description provided by the architects. Just one block off the main street in the Historic Valley Junction neighborhood of West Des Moines sat a non-descript 2-story building that had undergone 80 years of small-scale adaptations; first serving as a place of worship, followed by various uses including, manufacturing, automotive, office, and retail. Serving as developer, architect, and contractor, the owner completed a major transformation into a flexible, professional design studio space serving as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.

Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell
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Site Plan
Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

The building was stripped down to structure, featuring 1940s block masonry walls and a 1990’s wood-framed upper story which had been added following historic floods. The roof of the former worship/garage space was raised to allow sufficient natural daylight without artificial lighting over 90% of the building’s operation time. Existing old growth fir from demolition was repurposed as exposed accent framing throughout the interior. The studio space also features sealed concrete floors and carbon-negative carpeting, as well as recycled fiberboard acoustical panels to enhance the wellness of the users.

Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Windows, Table, Beam, Chair
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell
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Floor Plans
Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Beam
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

The stair, with perforated steel treads salvaged from another renovation project, was relocated outside of the original structure as a vibrant promotion of movement to the upper level of the building which contains private meeting rooms, wellness spaces, and the studio’s material library.

Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Interior Photography, Chair, Beam
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell
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Axonometric Diagram
Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Interior Photography, Stairs, Handrail
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

The envelope was super-insulated with polyisocyanurate panels and closed cell spray foam. Building systems were designed with sustainability in mind, including high-efficiency HVAC, low-flow plumbing fixtures, infrastructure for solar panels, and LED lights resulting in a 53% lighting reduction below the energy code minimum. Outdoor balconies, operable windows, and big ass fans provide ample natural ventilation treated with UV light.

Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Interior Photography, Living Room, Chair, Beam
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

Since completion, the building has hosted open houses and tours demonstrating the studio’s unique strategies for repurposing materials, blending modern and historic elements, and serving as a model for sustainability within the neighborhood and beyond.

Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee - Exterior Photography
© Integrated Studio | Cameron Campbell

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Address:1903 EP True Parkway #309, 139 4th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265, United States

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Cite: “Neighborhood Design Studio / Studio Melee” 05 Sep 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed .

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