Tuesday, August 22, 2006

holl in iowa


a link to the flickr photoset by matt niebuhr, highlighting the recently completed university of iowa art and art history building by steven holl architects. some damn fine images, but remember kids-this is what happens when you use corten steel everywhere...

4 comments:

danny said...

I'm guessing the 2nd link shows what happens when it rains?

To me, an amazing building, though I wouldn't want to touch it.

archaalto said...

that's right-corten stains anything it touches. plus, the face of the building will probably reach over 200 degrees F in the dead of summer.

Matt Niebuhr said...

Hey there.... interesting comments... FYI...the weathering steel is pretty "touchy" at least at first until it obtains a final scale... then actually the fresh "orange" rust is all washed off and the more "mature" hard layer that actually protects the steel below is left. It then has no longer nearly as much residue.... you can touch it with out getting dirty then...

That's what the pictures of the rusty rocks is all about.... it does stain..!

archaalto said...

thanks for the details of the process. it really is amazing how deep the red finish is. great images.