ART BUILDING WEST, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Iowa City, United States 2006

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DESCRIPTION +


PROGRAM: Art and art history building, including facilities for sculpture, painting, printmaking, graduate studios, administrative offices, gallery, and library
CLIENT: University of Iowa
    SIZE: 70,000 sq ft
STATUS: complete

Art Building West is a hybrid instrument of open edges and open center; instead of an object, the building is a “formless” instrument. Implied rather than actual volumes are outlined in the disposition of spaces. Flat or curved planes are slotted together or assembled with hinged sections. Flexible spaces open out from studios in warm weather. The main horizontal passages are meeting places with interior glass walls that reveal work-in-progress. The interplay of light is controlled through shading created by the overlapping planar exterior. Exposed tension rods of the partial bridge section contribute to the linear and planar architecture. Interior floors are framed in exposed steel and concrete planks, with integrated air and services distribution in the core voids. The resulting architecture is a hybrid vision of the future, combining bridge and loft spaces, theory with practice and human requirements with scientific principles.

AWARDS+


  • 2006 2007 AIA IOWA ARCHITECTURE HONOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
  • 2007 AIA INSTITUTE HONOR AWARD
  • 2007 AIA NEW YORK CHAPTER ARCHITECTURE MERIT AWARD
  • 2007 RIBA INTERNATIONAL AWARD
  • 2007 2007 AIA IOWA HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT
  • 2008 THE AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AWARD
  • 2010 SCUP MERIT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE FOR A NEW BUILDING

CREDITS+

  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( design architect )
    • Chris McVoy ( design architect )
    • Martin Cox ( design architect )
    • Martin Cox ( associate in charge )
    • Li Hu ( project architect )
    • Gabriela Barman-Kraemer ( project architect )
    • Arnault Biou, Regina Chow, Elissavet Chryssochoides, Hideki Hirahara, Brian Melcher, Chris Otterbine, Susi Sanchez, Irene Vogt, Urs Vogt (project team)
  • local architect
    • – Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture
  • structural engineer
    • – Guy Nordenson and Associates
  • associate structural engineer
    • – Structural Engineering Associates
  • mechanical engineer
    • – Alvine & Associates
  • curtain wall consultant
    • – WJ Higgins & Co.
  • civil engineer
    • – Shive-Hattery
  • general contractor
    • – Larson Construction

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