Archinect - News2017-05-22T23:24:58-04:00http://archinect.com/news/article/149972561/steven-holl-s-visual-arts-building-opens-oct-7th-at-university-of-iowa
Steven Holl's Visual Arts Building opens Oct. 7th at University of Iowa Julia Ingalls2016-10-06T19:34:00-04:00>2016-10-10T23:09:37-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8emg0z7s32mbr48.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On Friday October 7th, Steven Holl and Senior Partner Chris McVoy will be on hand to officially open the firm's Visual Arts Building for the University of Iowa, which in addition to being the only building in the United States that uses an integrated hydronic radiant heating and cooling system in combination with a cast-in-place "bubble deck" (thereby eliminating the need to cool or heat air mechanically), is simply gorgeous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bc/bcqmz67k0xyfiam6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lh/lhhzv4rb3f5tfn6q.jpg"></p><p>In a signature Steven Holl move, the interior is illuminated by seven vertical cutouts that are defined by the slide and jostle of the four floors against one another. This shifting dynamic creates opportunities for a series of balconies and informal working spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6u/6uwgbngv23llibw4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e7/e7g44j2jpq7feapv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ne/net94y7vuj0vlnru.jpg"></p><p>Check out our conversation with Steven Holl from earlier this week:</p><p></p><p>For the latest on Steven Holl:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140953853/a-dance-for-architecture-a-conversation-with-steven-holl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A Dance for Architecture": A conversation with Steven Holl</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944687/steven-holl-designs-concave-response-lighting-for-new-visual-arts-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl designs "concave response" lighting for new visual arts building</a></li></ul>http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation
A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation Nicholas Korody2016-05-03T18:14:00-04:00>2016-05-06T00:37:36-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dy/dyuin9q12ga84ck7.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A boxy steel and glass building standing just three stories tall, the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. doesn’t command a lot of attention. But among local architects and history buffs, it has a cult following.
“This is a building that appears in architecture textbooks,” said Jennifer James, an architectural historian...
Now, the building is poised for a $10 million renovation that Catholic Diocese of Des Moines officials say will extend its life another 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqzc9jppydghqold.jpg"></p><p>The building in question, now known as the Catholic Pastoral Center, was designed by none other than Mies van der Rohe. One of the first steel and glass modernist buildings in Des Moines, it was originally known as the Home Federal Savings and Loan building and opened in 1962.</p><p>The building exemplifies Miesian geometry: its marble tiles, railings, and exterior form are all square. The renovation will replace antiquated plumbing, lighting, heating and other mechanics, as well as replace a hole left over from a skywalk entrance that was recently removed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mv1qcwshxwzkdyph.jpg"></p><p>More on Mies here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe’s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139043225/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-re-ordering-mies-in-we-know-how-to-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Re-ordering Mies in "We Know How to Order"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li></ul>http://archinect.com/news/article/149576637/architecture-students-dunescape-inspired-design-build-project-transforms-iowa-state-university-college-of-design-atrium
Architecture students' Dunescape-inspired design-build project transforms Iowa State University College of Design atrium designeditor2016-03-04T12:54:00-05:00>2017-02-02T22:56:49-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z0/z0hf3sm9n4gibhxt.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Seventy-seven architecture sophomores in their second architectural design studio at Iowa State University spent the first month of spring semester developing an installation intended to redefine the College of Design atrium as a public space.</p><p>"Our interest was to challenge the conventional uses of the space, introduce new activities, etc. The only conceptual constraints were that the project must be practical, it must remain accessible to the public and the existing uses must somehow be preserved within the new design," said Assistant Professor Nick Senske, coordinator of the <a href="http://www.design.iastate.edu/architecture/index.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Architecture</a>'s second-year studios.</p><p>Constructed almost entirely of 2x2 lumber and deck screws, the 25-foot-by-20-foot <a href="http://www.design.iastate.edu/news/2/15/2016/twoXtwo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"TwoXTwo"</a> project has transformed the college atrium by offering new opportunities for group interaction and individual activity. Throughout the three-week installation (Feb. 17-March 11), students are documenting via photos and video how people actually use the new elements within ...</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/137197254/renzo-piano-s-kum-go-hq-enters-construction-phase-new-better-renderings
Renzo Piano's Kum & Go HQ enters construction phase + new (better) renderings Alexander Walter2015-09-22T09:00:00-04:00>2015-09-28T23:59:13-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iq0ubeqp2b2w3th5.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this summer, Midwest convenience store chain Kum & Go <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed a first peek</a> at their new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano-designed Des Moines, Iowa headquarters</a>. The initial round of design illustrations were of a rather austere, CAD-like quality, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect commenters remarked</a> that the renderings failed to express how the project would relate to its urban context.</p><p>Now several new, photorealistic renderings have been revealed that help to get a better understanding of the 5-story building at 1459 Grand Avenue, officially dubbed the Krause Gateway Center.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/39/39rosqmz9kxn847j.jpg"></p><p>↑ <em>East View.</em></p><p>With construction fencing going up and demolition work of existing buildings beginning this week, the project is certainly moving forward. Presentation of updated plans to the Urban Design Review Board is scheduled for the coming days.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qy/qyjx914g78b8xn3p.jpg"></p><p>↑ <em>West View.</em></p><p>All images courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed
Renzo Piano's designs for Kum & Go HQ revealed Alexander Walter2015-07-02T13:49:00-04:00>2015-07-07T17:53:28-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w0hd9ob7shp76o3c.jpg" width="650" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Midwest convenience store chain Kum & Go announced the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection of Renzo Piano</a> as design architect for their new Des Moines, Iowa headquarters last November, speculations immediately ran wild about what the Italian master would put to paper.</p><p>The secrecy has now been lifted with the official reveal of the designs for the 5-story Krause Gateway Center, scheduled to open in 2018.</p><p>Scroll down for the announcement Kum & Go published, along with first design impressions, this week.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kky2r5h2go1y70sh.jpg"></p><p><em>Kum & Go shared today the designs for their new Downtown Des Moines headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue. The building was designed to provide Kum & Go associates a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers flexibility for growth in the years to come.</em></p><p><em>The five-story building is being planned and constructed for LEED certification, and will feature glass prominently on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout was designed to...</em></p>http://archinect.com/news/article/123676402/steven-holl-s-second-university-of-iowa-arts-building-topped-out
Steven Holl's second University of Iowa arts building topped out Justine Testado2015-03-24T20:48:00-04:00>2015-03-24T21:20:41-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqhhwh1z6fvm7ayb.jpg" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Steven Holl Architects is gracing the campus grounds of the University of Iowa once again with the recently topped out Visual Arts Building. The firm -- in collaboration with BNIM Architects -- won the competition in 2010 to design the new arts facility, which will house the studio departments for the School of Art and Art History. The Visual Arts Building replaced the original mid-1930s building that became heavily damaged during a flood at the campus in June 2008. The building is slated for a May 2016 opening.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkfw8l71pp03894i.jpg"></p><p>SHA's design focuses greatly on forming new social spaces for students and faculty to gather and intermingle. The vertically porous facility will provide 126,000 sq.ft. of space for graduate student studios, faculty and staff offices, and galleries. Ample loft-like spaces will be allotted to the departments of printmaking, painting, photography, 3D multimedia, and sculptural arts.</p><p>Stairs and corridors that weave throughout the four-story structure were designed as "social cond...</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa
Renzo Piano will design the new Kum & Go corporate HQ in Iowa Justine Testado2014-11-20T15:57:00-05:00>2015-07-02T13:52:26-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dj/djbgetjkstu2vsds.jpg" width="530" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be the design architect for the new corporate headquarters of Midwest convenience retailer chain Kum & Go. The 120,000 sq.foot building will be located at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
After competing teams submitted written proposals, six finalists were interviewed last month before RPBW won the project. In the next few months, a local architect and general contractor will be chosen as the design process begins.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano's designs for Kum & Go HQ revealed</a></p>http://archinect.com/news/article/19730402/frank-lloyd-wright-hotel-reopens-in-iowa
Frank Lloyd Wright hotel reopens in Iowa Archinect2011-09-08T13:05:36-04:00>2011-09-08T13:05:37-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58e709337b7929594e2207b58d6121e9.jpg" width="500" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Lloyd Wright's only remaining hotel re-opened in Mason City, Iowa, a little more a century after the iconic, and often controversial, architect designed it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">
What will a few design problems cost? $5,000,000. J. James R.2011-04-15T18:38:48-04:00>2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wl/wlr2xjyt4qw903bt.jpg" width="650" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The county will be seeking to recover some of the damages, or expenses the county had to pay other contractors as a result of what we will claim to be HOK’s breach of contract [HOK] lacked coordination and completion and had conflicts, errors and omissions in the design drawings.”</p></em><br /><br /><p>
It's unsure of who Polk County is actually suing since <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2008/08/25/daily48.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK spun-off its athletic and events business</a> in 2008– HOK Sport Venue Event and HOK Group Inc. came to agreement in a transfer of ownership with shareholders agreeing to the buy out. In March of 2009, HOK Sport Venue Event <a href="http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2009/03/Issue-134/Facilities-Venues/Populous-Vote-HOK-Sport-Renames-Itself-As-Part-Of-Recent-Buyout.aspx%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rebranded itself "Populous"</a> which was a stipulation in the previous buyout agreement. The <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110415/NEWS/104150369/-1/GETPUBLISHED03wp-rss2.php/Polk-County-sue-Iowa-Events-Center-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Des Moines Register</a>, <a href="http://www.kcci.com/r/27554851/detail.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCCI Des Moines</a> and the <a href="http://www.dailyaljian.com/blog/2011/04/15/architecture-firm-named-in-iowa-events-center-breach-of-contract-lawsuit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daily Aljian</a>, however, are reporting the potential lawsuit is against Populous, HOK Sport or HOK.<br><br>
The lawsuit is the result of a 5-0 vote from the Polk County Board of Supervisors to reclaim $5,000,000 in settled claims, 15 in total, filed by contractors. The contractors allege that design errors and omissions caused them undue hardship during the construction of the facility. The county now wants Populous to foot the settlement bill. The Iowa Events Center was completed in 2005 to the tune of $218,000,000– HOK, now Populous, was paid $18,565,130 for architectural and desi...</p>