When you—the architect—looks to tell the story of a building, often you find part of that story involves your surroundings. Sometimes that is a beautiful lake while also including the adjacent building, like it does in the case of the DMACC Iowa Culinary Institute in Ankeny, IA.
“The Iowa Culinary Institute (ICI) at DMACC is a visual statement of a building. It’s become a staple of the DMACC Ankeny campus, acting as a beacon landmark where donors can gather and students can learn. We did early concept design renderings to help raise funds for the project. Visual impact wasn’t the primary goal. It was conceived as a memorial project for an Executive Chef who worked there for 30 years, and evolved into an exhibition space for the culinary program and DMACC itself.” -Paul Rathjen, Architectural Designer, Shive-Hattery Architecture + Engineering.
This beacon on the DMACC Ankeny campus—while being new—harkens back to the buildings on the site. The Dri-Design metal panel system that was used for the façade, was manufactured in three different color variations, installed in a random pattern, to mimic the terra-cotta on other campus buildings. A sand-like texture was also added to the finish on the panels to tie back to terra-cotta even further.
“Both the client and contractors were very satisfied. It’s crazy but it’s cool. While visually it demonstrates a unique design, it’s really not that complicated. Everyone loves the color, and it pops from the street.” -Rathjen