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Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa
American Building Development, USA – design by LMN Architects
28 Mar 2018
Voxman Music Building
Design: LMN Architects
Location: Iowa, USA
Voxman Music Building
The Voxman Music Building celebrates musical performance at every turn, embracing a collaborative and exploratory student-driven model of education that treats every space as performance space. The building shares this sense of musical discovery with the community through a transparent expression.
The pattern of streets and open spaces in the mixed-use district of Iowa City extends directly into the building’s multilevel interior spaces, cultivating a sense of vertical urban vitality and acknowledging its place within the community.
Site and Program
The six-story, 186,000 square foot building is situated between campus and the downtown core of Iowa City, embracing both academic and urban experiences. The program comprises a 700-seat concert hall, a 200-seat recital hall, an organ performance hall, a music library, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, classrooms, and faculty studios and offices linked by a series of vertically connected community spaces.
A multi-story glass corner entry at a major downtown intersection reinforces the merger of campus and city, with the two major performance venues marking their presence on each of the main facades.
Between the performance spaces, porous, day-lit circulation volumes interlink to form the student commons, performance and rehearsal lobby, and three-story atrium. A fourth floor exterior terrace, nestled between the wings of the rear facade, serves as gathering space that frames views to the city’s historic courthouse and countryside beyond.
The concert hall cantilevers over the Burlington Street sidewalk and the Student Commons below, while the recital hall, wrapped in a shingled-glass wall system, reaches out over the South Clinton Street sidewalk. A composition of subtly textured terra cotta panels and low-iron glass with delicate shading patterns wraps the full exterior. All spaces in the building, including performance halls, rehearsal rooms, offices, and common areas, provide natural light and connections with the outside, while maintaining acoustic isolation.
Requirements of the facility’s high-profile performance spaces are met by highperformance digital design. The concert hall features a suspended “theatroacoustic” system, unifying acoustics, lighting, and life-safety requirements into a dramatic, multifunctional architectural expression, and the resulting intricately sculpted element is assembled out of 946 unique, folded-aluminum composite modules digitally fabricated from modules digitally designed and fabricated from the architects’ parametric model.
In the recital hall, red-colored acoustical panels optimize the room’s acoustical properties while incorporating a wall-sized shingled-glass window that unites the performance event with the urban experience.
In the three major rehearsal spaces, high ceilings are filled with swarms of brightly colored, kite-like reflectors that vary between solid and perforated to achieve dynamic acoustical and lighting effects.
Voxman Music Building – Building Information
Design Architect: LMN Architects
Associate Architect: Neumann Monson Architects
Construction Management: Mortenson
Acoustic + AV Design: Jaffe Holden
Theater Planning: Fisher Dachs Associates
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden
Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineering: Design Engineers
Energy Analasys: The Weidt Group
Civil Engineering: Shive-Hattery
Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates
Life Safety/Code: T.A. Kinsman
Cost Estimating: Rider Levett Bucknall
Client: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Project Size: 184,000 SF
Sustainability: LEED Gold
Photography: Tim Griffith
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