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Chipperfield books place in Iowa history with library win

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David Chipperfield has won a competition to design a US$24 million (£16.9 million) public library for Des Moines in Iowa, defeating some illustrious foreign names in the process.

The practice beat shortlisted rivals Michael Graves and Associates, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects and William P Bruder to scoop the project. It will form part of the 'Western Gateway Proper', a five- block site scheduled for 'intense' public improvements and civic amenities.

Chipperfield's scheme for the 11,700m 2project was the choice of four of the six judges.

The library is the second Chipperfield win in Iowa. The practice won the job to design the new Museum of Art in Davenport in April 2000.

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