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  7. Institute of Contemporary Art / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Institute of Contemporary Art / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

  • 11:00 - 28 June, 2018
Institute of Contemporary Art / Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Institute of Contemporary Art / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210, United States
  • Lead Architect

    Diller Sofidio + Renfro
  • Executive Architect

    Perry Dean Rogers and Partners
  • Area

    65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

        • Project Management

          Seamus Henchy and Associates
        • General Contractor

          Skanska USA
        • Theater Consultant

          Fisher Dachs Associates
        • Acoustical Consultant

          Jaffe Holden Acoustics
        • Lighting

        • More Specs Less Specs
        © Nic Lehoux
        © Nic Lehoux
        © Iwan Baan
        © Iwan Baan

        Text description provided by the architects. The ICA is the first museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. The 65,000 sf building includes temporary and permanent galleries, a 330 seat multi–purpose theater, a restaurant, bookstore, education/workshop facilities, and administrative offices. It straddles the competing objectives of a dynamic civic building for public programs and an intimate, contemplative environment for viewing art.

        © Iwan Baan
        © Iwan Baan
        Section 03
        Section 03
        © Iwan Baan
        © Iwan Baan

        The site is bound on two sides by the Harbor Walk, a 47–mile public walkway. The Harborwalk is used as a civic surface that extends up to form the public grandstand, flattens into the theater stage, and wraps the surfaces of the theater extending into a horizontal tray that holds the gallery and shelters the grandstand. The waterfront is both a great asset for the museum and a distraction from its inwardly focused program.

        © Nic Lehoux
        © Nic Lehoux

        A choreographed passage through the building dispenses the visual context in small doses. Upon entry, the view is compressed under the belly of the theater, then scanned by the glass elevator, used as a variable backdrop in the theater, denied entirely in the galleries, and revealed as a panorama at the crossover gallery. The mediatheque suspended under the cantilever edits the context from view, leaving only the texture of water. The Institute of Contemporary Art is a collaboration with Perry Dean Rogers as Associate Architect.

        © Iwan Baan
        © Iwan Baan

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        Cite: "Institute of Contemporary Art / Diller Scofidio + Renfro" 28 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
        © Iwan Baan

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