The Hilton full-service convention hotel is located at the edge of downtown Des Moines’ Iowa Events Center. This ground-up hotel connects to the Des Moines skywalk system, and features a surface parking lot and ample parking below the building. Our design uses the building massing to emphasize the border of the existing Iowa Events Center civic buildings on the site and rebrand the intersection at 5th and Park streets.
The transparent base activates the urban street frontage and invites guests into its lobby and restaurant spaces. The architecture is highlighted by a large sculptural vertical frame that climbs up the structure and anchors the corner of the building. Floating above the intersection and restaurant below, an elevated roof deck serves as entertainment space. The guestroom tower offers panoramic views of the downtown skyline and capitol building on the east horizon.