New York City started the smoking ban trend, but now lighting up is limited or outlawed in a staggering number of public spaces in cities all over the world. As a result, smokers are often relegated not just to the outdoors, but to restricted, designated spaces away from building entrances that may or may not provide any shelter.
Yet this project serves as a reminder that smokers aren’t extinct by quietly celebrating an activity that has gone from banal to banned. The Corinthian Gardens Smokers Shelter is a 275-square-foot structure in Des Moines, Iowa, created by local architectural firm ASK Studio.
Envisioned as a sculptural element in the landscape beside the apartment complex whose residents are the primary users, the Corinthian Gardens Smokers’ Shelter in Des Moines, Iowa, comprises simple and non flammable Concrete benches are backed with perforated metal screens. LEDs, aligned with roofing corrugations and vertical metal supports, provide security lighting after dark.
Location: Des Moines, IA, USA
Architects: ASK Studio
General Contractor: Koester Construction—Jack Daugherty
Developer: Newbury Living—Sharon Wolfe
Area: 275 square feet
Construction Cost: $160 per square foot
Client: Corinthian Gardens Apartments
Photographs: Cameron Campbell