The project, situated on the University of Iowa’s hilly campus, joins a cluster of existing buildings which serve the department
of Art and Art History. It is adjacent to a limestone bluff and a small pond, which become backdrops for the building’s geometries and movement corridors.
Conceived as a series of fragments that imply forms without rigidly defining them, the project creates spaces that condense movement
into points of student interaction.
Open cell metal foams, also called metal sponges
blocks of aluminum foam, images like huge ice cubes/ melting snow on seaside
this material helps to preserve the image of a monolithic parallelepiped that is also porose, recalling the image of a sponge.
Its reflection, its aerospatial look helps in ultracontemporary design.
Its body stands out from the rest, from the woods and from the dunes. It is visible from everywhere.
It also recalls the typical modern residential architecture in all the East Europe, and this is a sincere homage,
not a juxtaposition or ironic citation.This proposal has a real link with the sorroundings, taking it as real existences, without judging it (or better taking the best from it)
The defining characteristic of metal foams is a very high porosity:
typically 75–95% of the volume consists of void spaces making these ultralight materials.
The strength of foamed metal possesses a power law relationship to its density
Foam made from non-flammable metal will remain non-flammable and the foam is generally recyclable back to its base material.
Coefficient of thermal expansion will also remain similar while thermal conductivity will likely be reduced.