Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Chipperfield's Iowa library starts to crack up

  • Comment
More than 28 panes of glass have cracked on the exterior of David Chipperfield Architects' Lubetkin Prize-shortlisted Des Moines Public Library in Iowa, USA.

An investigation is being carried out at the 17-month-old building to find out why the glass has cracked and who should pay for it.

Each replacement window will cost around $8,000 (£4,000) to install on the $22.5 million (£11.2 million) building.

Speaking to the Des Moines Register, the city attorney Bruce Bergman said: 'We believe it's a defect in the glass.'

The panes reportedly began to crack before the first book was even checked out of the library, and 28 have had to be replaced since the building opened in April 2006.

The building is wrapped in an energy-efficient glass and metal skin. A copper mesh is laminated between three sheets of glass, giving the two-storey structure its distinctive look.

Bergman added: 'It's no-one's expectation that all of the windows in the building are going to break or need to be replaced.'

Images by Holly McQueen/Des Moines Register.

by Richard Vaughan

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs