new visual arts building by steven holl for university of iowa celebrates topping out new visual arts building by steven holl for university of iowa celebrates topping out
mar 16, 2015

new visual arts building by steven holl for university of iowa celebrates topping out

new visual arts building by steven holl for university of iowa celebrates topping out 
all images courtesy of steven holl architects

 

 

 

steven holl architects has sent us exclusive photographs of the construction progress for their new arts building for the university of iowa. after winning the competition in 2010, the firm recently celebrated the facility’s topping out. projected to be opened 2016, the art building replaces the one from 1936, which was heavily damaged during a flood in 2008; located directly adjacent to and northwest to art building west. this is steven holl’s second arts facility on the university campus. 

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the four storey arts facility is well under construction
image by steven holl architects

 

 

 

the architecture aims to interconnect the different art disciplines in one four storey building. the form, vertically porous and volumetrically composed, will contain open plan loft-like studio spaces illuminated by natural light. the rectilinear volume carved with seven light courts creates multiple centers of light, all of which are connected by vertical circulation, using the transitioning areas such as the corridors as social meeting spaces for the students.

 

read more about the overall scheme’s design concept for the visual arts building at university of iowa on designboom here

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the building is composed loft-like spaces
image by steven holl architects

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light court carved into the building 
image by steven holl architects
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interior spaces illuminated by the multiple windows
image by steven holl architects
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image by steven holl architects
iowa university topping out steven holl architects designboom
image by steven holl architects
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approach
image by steven holl architects

 

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