David Chipperfield Architects has completed the $49 million (£28 million) Figge Art Museum in Davenport, in eastern Iowa, US. The scheme, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi, more than triples the size of the existing building, transforming what was known as the Davenport Museum of Art. The architect was also commissioned with the intention of regenerating the surrounding city, which has suffered many of the urban problems common in North America. Chipperfield's designs aimed to create an 'emblematic' monolithic structure that will reinvigorate surrounding areas and reconnect the city with its waterside. Fundamental to the London-based practice's design was the facade, where the practice has used an unusual pairing of internal and external glass skins to produce interesting visual effects, so although the building has a monolithic quality, it is constantly animated by the play of translucency and reflection. The internal spaces are organised into two departments: 2,600m 2 of art exhibition spaces;
and 1,530m 2 of educational spaces, which include a new auditorium.
Chipperfield's designs have attempted to make these spaces as flexible as possible, allowing uses to overlap. The scheme also includes a large external element, featuring a sculpture park.