Voxman Music Building at The University of Iowa

Tasteful lighting, revolutionary design and exceptional musicianship form a dynamic trio in this standout addition to the University of Iowa.

A testament of the school’s unwavering commitment to music, the Voxman Music Building is a state-of-the-art academic facility that serves as a venue for special events and a home for the university’s symphony orchestra. With over 60 practice rooms, 58 faculty studios, and 130 pianos throughout the five-story building, it is both versatile and accommodating for the 450 students who participate in the school’s music program in any given year.

Inside the facility, color-changing ellipsodials guide patrons towards the signature performance spaces, the most prominent being a 700-seat theater highlighted by a one-of-a-kind undulating acoustical ceiling. HLB provided theatrical flood lighting to accentuate architectural form, and worked closely with the theatrical designer to incorporate general lighting from accessible catwalks above the ceiling. With the intent of emphasizing communal gathering, a custom chandelier was designed above a table located on the lower level of the building, adding another artistic splash to an already striking, singular facility.

Project Highlights

• Color-changing light defines primary circulation path
• Custom decorative LED chandelier


• LMN Architects
• Neumann Monson Architects


Project Background

• 190,000 square feet
• $115 million

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