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Chipperfield only outsider on US shortlist for Iowa library

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David Chipperfield Architects is the sole non-US firm to be shortlisted to design a new public library in Des Moines, Iowa.

The site for the library is part of a five-block regeneration project for the city called the Western Gateway. Chipperfield is to attend an interview with a selection panel on 15 May.

The other practices shortlisted for the project are: Michael Graves and Associates; Rafael Vinoly Architects; Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects; and William P Bruder Architects.

Each practice has been required to strike up a partnership with a local practice in Des Moines.

Chipperfield has teamed up with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck - last year awarded the title of 'practice of the year' by the American Institute of Architects. The two practices are already working together on the Davenport Museum of Art, also in Iowa, due for completion in 2003 or 2004.A budget for the library scheme has not yet been announced.

The regeneration project is also to include a number of commercial buildings, although these will be subject to further competitions.

Des Moines has a strong architectural heritage, boasting buildings by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, I M Pei and Richard Meier.

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