Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa by Steven Holl Architects

(Images updated) A vertically porous and volumetrically composed new building defines the new campus space of the “arts meadow.”

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The new Visual Arts facility for the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History provides 126,000 sf of loft- like space for all visual arts media, from ancient metalsmithing techniques to the most advanced virtual reality technologies, including Ceramics, 3D Design, Metal Arts & Jewelry, Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting & Drawing, Graphic Design, Intermedia, Video Art, and Photography. Also housed are galleries, faculty offices, an outdoor rooftop studio, and teaching spaces for Art History.

▼建筑外观,Exterior view © Steven Holl Architects


The Visual Arts Building replaces an original arts building from 1936, which was heavily damaged during a flood of the University of Iowa campus in June 2008. The new building forms an Arts Quad with Art Building West, which was designed by Steven Holl Architects and has drawn students from all over campus to its social spaces and library since opening in 2006. Together they form a visual arts campus for theorizing, teaching and making art.

▼场地平面图,Site plan © Steven Holl Architects


While the 2006 Arts Building West is horizontally porous and of planar composition, the new building is vertically porous and volumetrically composed. The aim of maximum interaction between all departments of the school takes shape in social circulation spaces.

▼垂直多孔的立体结构,A vertically porous building © Steven Holl Architects


1. 互联的艺术:水平功能划分,垂直多孔空间
Interconnection: Horizontal Programs, Vertical Porosity


▼手绘,Sketch © Steven Holl Architects

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In a school of the arts today, interconnection and crossover, made increasingly possible through digital techniques, are of fundamental importance. Interdisciplinary collaboration between the School’s various art departments is facilitated in the vertical carving out of large open floor plates. Students can see activities ongoing across these openings and be encouraged to interact and meet. Further interconnection is facilitated by glass partitions along the studio walls adjacent to internal circulation.

▼垂直切割各层平面形成开放空间,Various art departments is facilitated in the vertical carving out of large open floor plates © Chris McVoy

▼入口立面,Entrance Facade © Eric Dean

▼立面近景,Facade detailed view © Chris McVoy


2. 多重光源中心
Multiple Centers of Light


▼手绘 – 多重光源中心,Sketch – multiple centers of light © Steven Holl Architects

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Natural light and ventilation reach into the core of the building via “centers of light.” The seven vertical cutouts are characterized by a language of shifted layers, where one floor plate slides past another. This geometry creates multiple balconies, providing outdoor meeting spaces and informal exterior working space, further encouraging interaction between the building’s four levels.

▼垂直切割体在建筑内形成光源中心,The vertical cutouts form “centers of light” inside the building © Chris McVoy

▼ 几何结构创造了多重露台,The Geometry Creates Multiple Balconies © Steven Holl Architects

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▼简洁的平面,Simple Plan of the new building © Steven Holl Architects

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▼教学空间,Teaching area © Chris McVoy (left);  Eric Dean (right)


3. 楼梯作为垂直社交中心,走廊为水平集会空间
Stairs as Vertical Social Condensers: Corridors as Horizontal Meeting Spaces


Stairs are shaped to enable informal meeting, interaction and discussion. Some stairs stop at generous landings with tables and chairs, others open onto lounge spaces with sofas, for informal collaborative work.

▼楼梯处的公共空间,Public Working Space along the Stairs © Steven Holl Architects

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4. 校园空间的定义与多孔性
Campus Space Definition/Porosity

原始校园网格布局在爱荷华河处被打破,如同撞击在石灰岩峭壁一样浑然天成。西侧的艺术史学院楼以模糊外缘呼应了这种不规则几何,而新馆以其简洁的平面重新定义校园的网格布局,使新的校园空间成为一片 “艺术原野”。

▼手绘 – 位置示意,Sketch – campus space definition © Steven Holl Architects

The original grid of the campus breaks up at the Iowa River, becoming organic as it hits the limestone bluff. The Arts West building reflects this irregular geometry in fuzzy edges. The new building picks up the campus grid again in its simple plan, defining the new campus space of the “arts meadow.”

▼视觉艺术馆和艺术史学院楼鸟瞰,Aerial view to the new building and the Arts West building © Steven Holl Architects

▼户外露台,Outdoor terrace © Chris McVoy


5. 材料共鸣,生态创新
Material Resonance, Ecological Innovation


Natural ventilation is achieved via operable windows and skylights. A punched concrete frame structure provides thermal mass at the exterior while “bubble” slabs provide radiant cooling and heating. A Rheinzink skin in weathering blue-green is perforated for sun shade on the southwest and southeast.

▼建筑立面,Facade © Eric Dean

▼穿孔板细节,Perforated facade detailed view © Chris McVoy

▼光源中心分布示意,Court of Light Diagram © Steven Holl Architects

▼一层平面图,Plan L1 © Steven Holl Architects

▼二层平面图,Plan L2 © Steven Holl Architects

▼三层平面图,Plan L3 © Steven Holl Architects

▼四层平面图,Plan L4 © Steven Holl Architects

▼东北立面图,Northeast Elevation © Steven Holl Architects

▼西北立面图,Northwest Elevation © Steven Holl Architects

▼东南立面图,Southeast Elevation © Steven Holl Architects

▼西南立面图,Southwest Elevation © Steven Holl Architects

▼剖面图’A-A’,Section ‘A-A’ © Steven Holl Architects

▼剖面图’B-B’,Section ‘B-B’ © Steven Holl Architects

Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, United States
2010 – 2016
program: art and art history building, including facilities for ceramics, sculpture, metals, photography, print making, and 3D multimedia; graduate student studios; faculty and staff offices; and gallery space
project type: competition (first prize)
size: 126000f
client: University of Iowa
architect: Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect, principal)
Chris McVoy (senior partner in charge)
Rychiee Espinosa (project architect, associate)
JongSeo Lee, Garrick Ambrose, Filipe Taboada, Christiane Deptolla, Garrett Ricciardi, Christopher Rotman, Christina Yessios, Johanna Muszbek, Yiqing Zhao, Bell Ying Yi Cai (project team)
associate architects: BNIM Architects
structural engineer: Buro Happold
Structural Engineering Associates
lighting consultant: L’Observatoire International
sustainability engineer: Transsolar
mechanical engineer: Design Engineers
curtain wall consultant: WJ Higgins & Co.
civil engineer: Shive-Hattery
audio/visual consultant: The Sextant Group Inc.

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