Weatherdance Fountain Stage Canopy

Neumann Monson Architects was approached by Genus Landscape Architects to design downtown Iowa City’s Weather Dance Fountain Stage Canopy. The project is part of a broader pedestrian streetscape update currently under construction. The 700 sf multi-purpose stage is situated symmetrically on the Dubuque Street corridor and provides a primary destination for performance and activity within the downtown ‘Ped Mall’.

The canopy features integrated, adjustable lighting options for various uses. The primarily steel structure supports a sloped glass plane that maximizes acoustic performance and protects performers from mild weather. Above the glass plane is a louvered canopy that serves as a sunshade and light reflector. Design considerations include integrated, changeable backdrops for various Iowa City Summer of the Arts events, pedestrian circulation, and emergency service vehicle access.

Project Type

In Progress


City of Iowa City


Iowa City, Iowa


1,700 SF


Genus Landscape Architects