INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU

Richmond, United States of America 2018

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DESCRIPTION +


PROGRAM: gallery spaces, lobby, 240-seat performance space, cafe, administrative offices, classroom, sculpture terrace, art storage spaces.
CLIENT: Virginia Commonwealth University
    SIZE: 41,000 sq ft
STATUS: complete

Sited at the edge of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond, Virginia, the new Institute for Contemporary Art links the University with the surrounding community. On the busiest intersection of Richmond at Broad and Belvidere Streets, the building forms a gateway to the University with an inviting sense of openness.

The city-facing entrance is formed by an intersection of the performance space and forum, adding a “Z” component to the “X-Y” movement of the intersection. The torsion of these intersecting bodies is joined by a “plane of the present” to the galleries in “forking time.”

The idea of “forking time” suggests that in the world of contemporary art there are many parallel times. The notion of one ongoing time and its “grand narrative” of history is questioned. The new Institute for Contemporary Art is organized in four galleries, each with a different character.

The exterior matte translucent glass and pre-weathered titanium zinc skin share the same greenish-grey tonality, giving the building a shifting presence, from monolithic opaque to multifarious translucent, depending on the light. The four rooftop gardens include a sculpture terrace on the second level for site-specific artist installations. The LEED Gold building is heated and cooled with geothermal wells, harvesting the same amount of energy during the winter to heat the building as it restores in the summer to cool the building.

With its inviting double-fronted forum opening to a serene sculpture garden, the 41,000 sq ft building provides spatial energy for the most important cutting-edge contemporary art exhibits. Propelled by VCU’s top-ranked School of the Arts, the ICA's architecture is an instrument for exhibitions, film screenings, public lectures, performances, symposia, and community events, engaging the University, the city, and beyond.

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AWARDS+


  • 2017 ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, MOST ANTICIPATED BUILDINGS OF 2018 LIST
  • 2018 THE ART NEWSPAPER, MOST IMPORTANT MUSEUM OPENINGS OF 2018 LIST
  • 2018 AIA RICHMOND, HONOR AWARD
  • 2018 METAL ARCHITECTURE DESIGN AWARDS, SMOOTH METAL WALL PANELS
  • 2018 ARCHITIZER, 2018 HONOREES, PROJECT OF THE YEAR
  • 2018 ARCHITIZER, CULTURAL-MUSEUM, SHORTLIST
  • 2018 ARCHITIZER, CONCEPTS - PLUS-ARCHITECTURE + ENGINEERING, SHORTLIST
  • 2018 AIA VIRGINIA, MERIT AWARD
  • 2018 HISTORIC RICHMOND AND STOREFRONT FOR COMMUNITY DESIGN, GOLDEN HAMMER AWARDS, PLACEMAKING SHORTLIST

CREDITS+

  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( design architect, principal )
    • Chris McVoy ( design architect, partner in charge )
    • Dominik Sigg ( project architects )
    • Dimitra Tsachrelia ( project architects )
    • Garrick Ambrose, Rychiee Espinosa, Scott Fredricks, Gary He, Martin Kropac, JongSeo Lee, Yasmin Vobis, Christina Yessios (project team)
  • associate architects
    • – BCWH Architects
    • Charles Piper ( partner in charge )
    • Bo Fairlamb ( project manager )
    • Jason Dufilho ( project architect )
  • structural engineer
    • – Robert Silman Associates
  • mechanical engineer
    • – Arup
      – Ascent Engineering
  • landscape consultant
    • – Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture
  • lighting consultant
    • – L'Observatoire International
  • audio/visual consultant
    • – Convergent Technologies Design Group, Inc.
  • theater technical consultant
    • – Theatre Consultants Collaborative
  • elevator consultant
    • – Jenkins & Huntington
  • food services consultant
    • – Food Services Consultants Studio
  • code consultant
    • – Jensen Hughes
  • LEED consultant
    • – Sustainable Design Consulting
  • curtainwall consultant
    • – W.J. Higgins & Associates, Inc.
  • envelope
    • – WDP & Associates

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