Des Moines Art Center Addition--page 2 (of two pages)

original museum: Eliel Saarinen, 1948; addition: I. M. Pei, 1965
Richard Meier addition, 1984 (see page 1)

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The Pei addition

Pei's addition inserts a rectangular wing at the open end of the original U-shaped building by Saarinen.

Pei addition

This addition continues the museum's single-story massing around a central pool (see below), but uses a change of the grade on the opposite side for an auditorium and two-story gallery.

The Eliel Saarinen original building

This very modern building (for 1945) is low-lying so as not to overwhelm the natural landscape of Greenwood Park. The building was U-shaped around a pool with galleries, auditorium, and a separate extension for classrooms and studios.

The entrance

The flat roof and "modern" details recall Saarinen's earlier buildings at the Cranbrook Academy.

The entrance

The design details and lettering recall Cranbrook Academy.

Shallow reflecting pool (Pei addition) featuring Carl Milles's Pegasus and Bellerophon

The three buildings, each clad differently, are joined around this pool.

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