Hancher Auditorium Iowa Building, American University Architecture Photos
Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City Building
American University Arts Building Development design by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, USA
May 31, 2020
Hancher Auditorium Iowa City
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with OPN Architects
Location: 141 East Park Rd, Iowa, USA
Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building, USA
Widely recognized for commissioning new works of dance and music, Hancher reaches audiences beyond the University of Iowa.
Photos by Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
The new home for this renowned institution is on a hilltop overlooking the Iowa River, on the main route into Iowa City—a prominent location for the state’s premier performing arts presenter. With sweeping horizontal forms that echo the landscape and the curve of the river, the design draws from the building’s natural surroundings.
Parallel forms cantilever at the south end of the building, creating overhangs for the lobby and a second-level terrace. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls below the cantilevers offer views to the campus and the river, and can be seen from Hancher Bridge and points south. Lobby spaces and offices have shaded sunlight during the day.
The building’s form, massing, color, and material complement the adjacent Levitt Center for University Advancement, a limestone-clad asymmetrical composition of geometric forms. Cladding on Hancher Auditorium’s main structure is a stainless steel shingle with a brushed satin finish.
Together, the rehearsal room and the Levitt Center’s rotunda frame Park Road, becoming a gateway. A new drive from the tree-lined road has become the main entrance to the theater lobby. The main venue, a proscenium theater with 1,800 seats, hosts music, dance, opera and theatrical performances. In addition, the building contains spaces for rehearsals and teaching, offices, a scene shop and a costume shop.
Designed with a highly efficient envelope and incorporating sustainable design strategies related to the site and to building systems and controls, the building’s LEED objective is Gold. As a replacement for the original Hancher, damaged by flooding in 2008, the building is also designed to 500-year-flood criteria.
Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City – Building Information
Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Architects of Record: OPN Architects
General Contractor: M. A. Mortenson Company
Landscape Architects: Balmori Associates/Confluence
Photographers: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building images / information received from Chicago Athenaeum
Address: 141 East Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242, United States
Phone: +1 800-426-2437
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