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Working within the City’s 134’ height limit, a 40’x80’ footprint, and a construction budget of $200/sf, the design team condensed a robust mixed-use program onto a 3,200-sf downtown site surrounded by a mix of historic styles and eras. Honing the minimalism of its mixed-use predecessors, the building provides much needed residential, retail, and office space to the heart of the city.

Rigorous detail and restrained materials form a refined whole: a transparent structural-glazed curtain wall envelopes habitable spaces, a solid CMU core anchors circulation and services, and galvanized steel balconies give depth to an otherwise taut skin. LED-lit units enjoy high-efficiency HVAC and share a central water heating plant. Park@201 demonstrates the pragmatic, aesthetic, and financial benefits of medium density mixed-use buildings.

Fully claimed before completion, units entered the market at $300/sf and sold out at $506/sf. Park@201 serves the city’s rapidly growing need for quality urban living and high-end commercial space. It provides contemporary relevance to a highly active pedestrian plaza. Park@201 residents further invigorate the nearby galleries, eateries, theaters, cafés, workplaces, and outdoor park spaces.

Project Type: Mixed-Use

Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Size: 48,000 SF

Completed: 2014


2014 AIA Iowa Design Award
2016 AIA Central States Design Award

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