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University of Iowa Visual Arts Building

Iowa City, IA


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Owner: University of Iowa
Size: 126,597 SF
Completion: May 2016
Architect / Engineer: Steven Holl Architects |BNIM Architects
Seeking Certified LEED Certification

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Project Description:

The new four-story facility for the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History is designed around a central atrium and brings together a diverse array of traditional art disciplines like ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, painting and drawing with more digitally-minded photography, 3-D design, graphic design, and video art departments. It also includes graduate student studios, faculty and staff studios and offices, and gallery space.

The unique design brings natural light into spaces throughout the four-plus story structure, an important feature for art studio spaces. The building envelope is clad with zinc and stainless steel plate panels, channel glass wall systems, operable windows and a green roof. The concrete frame construction is supported on drilled pier foundations. The new building replaces the 1935 Art Building, which was heavily damaged during a flood of the University of Iowa campus in June 2008.