The Rowat Lofts sit on the site formally occupied by Rowat Cut Stone, within the Market District, a historically industrial area of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Material selections were made to complement the surrounding historic warehouse structures, such as brick and metal cladding on the exterior facade and cedar plank siding within interior spaces. A careful balance of materials and contemporary overall design provides a holistic composition that is both respectful to its context while providing the area with a new housing development to contribute the revitalization and economic growth of the area.
The four stories of the building, totaling 127,000 SF, includes 162 units. Floor one includes the residential lobby, amenity spaces, mechanical support spaces, and leasing/tenant office space. There are also two amenity “guest suites” for overnight visitors of tenants. Walk-up units are provided at all street fronts plus the inner courtyard, and include both interior and exterior access. Floors two and three includes all residential units with a diversity of unit type options, including: micro, studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units. Floor four includes a diversity of unit type options, plus amenity space that consists of social commons with outdoor terrace space.
Owner: Nelson Construction & Development - Des Moines