More Lookalikes: University of Iowa Art West or Studio Architetti Valle’s Casabella?

While looking through RNDRD for images of various architectural projects from the 1960s, I came across this image of Studio Architetti Valle’s Casabella from 1960.

Studio Architetti Valle's Casabella.

Studio Architetti Valle’s Casabella.

As a University of Iowa student and regular user of the University’s Art West Building (pictured below), I thought at first that this was a draft of Steven Holl’s design for the Art West Building. Had the University of Iowa’s talismanic Art West building actually been designed in the 1960s? It’s difficult not to be surprized by the uncanny similarities between these two designs.

Art Building West at the University of Iowa

Art Building West at the University of Iowa

Art Building West designed by Steven Holl. Image from http://ui3ddesign.blogspot.com

Art Building West designed by Steven Holl. Image from http://ui3ddesign.blogspot.com

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