University of Iowa: Hancher Auditorium
University of Iowa
189,000 square feet / $132M
Pelli Clark Pelli
Iowa City, Iowa
This iconic new addition to Iowa's campus is the result of a self-sustaining and resilient site plan - one that integrates the facility into the surrounding context while inspiring creativity and strengthening connectivity for students, staff and visitors.
After the floods of 2008 left the historic Hancher Auditorium irreparably damaged, a multi-disciplinary design team was tasked with creating a vision for a new 189,000 square-foot auditorium and surrounding landscape capable of withstanding a 500-year flood. The building and site's integrated and sweeping horizontal forms were drawn from the curvilinear nature of the Iowa River and its native landscape.
The project includes several entry plazas and a small outdoor performance venue surrounded by sculptured site depressions crafted to divert, treat and infiltrate site stormwater.