Iowa City, Iowa
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
The new University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and OPN Architects. 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.
The program includes a 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, and support space. Designed with a highly efficient envelope and incorporating sustainable design strategies related to the site and to building systems and controls. As a replacement for the original Hancher, damaged by flooding in 2008, the building is designed to 500-year-flood criteria.