BNIM brings a brick facade to the Stanley Museum of Art

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Architect: BNIM
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Completion Date: January 2022

Nearly 15 years after a flood heavily damaged the original Stanley Museum of Art on the University of Iowa campus, a new museum building designed by BNIM opened in January 2022. The University’s renowned collections of African and 20th-century art have returned to the campus, including Jackson Pollack’s Mural painting, which was quickly evacuated during the flood and has spent the last 14 years traveling to art institutions across the world to appear in temporary exhibitions.

The 86,200-square-foot facility features new gallery spaces, outdoor terraces, and a sculpture garden. The museum also houses public space for research, a viewing room to study artwork up close, and a storage room. Located near Gibson Square Park, the College of Education, and College of Engineering, the museum contributes to the overall university campus adjacent to the Iowa River in Iowa City.

The facade, which is clad in dark brick, complements and distinguishes itself on campus. (Nick Merrick)