Iowa Prison Industries Outlet Building, Des Moines, Iowa

Sited in a prominent downtown location, the building makes a dignified statement on a shoestring budget.

Narrow windows and translucent polycarbonate panels admit north light while addressing security concerns.

The textured brick facade makes abstract reference to the masonry of older neighborhood buildings.

A sales floor displaying products made by prison inmates occupies most of the interior.

Standard metal components make up the body of the building.

Meticulous detailing yields a building that transcends its humble prefabricated components.

The floor plan.

Building section and elevations.

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