Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building

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Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building

American Building Development, USA – design by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Aug 12, 2018

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building

Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with OPN Architects

Location: Iowa, USA

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building

Widely recognized for commissioning new works of dance and music, Hancher reaches audiences beyond the University of Iowa.

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City building

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.

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City building

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.

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City building interior

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.

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City building

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 Iowa City building plan

Hancher Auditorium Iowa City – Building Information

Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Architects of Record: OPN Architects
Client: Hancher
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

Pelli Clarke Pelli

Address: 141 East Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242, United States
Phone: +1 800-426-2437

Cesar Pelli Architect


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