'institute for contemporary art' by steven holl, richmond, virginia, USA
all images courtesy of steven holl architects
virginia commonwealth university in richmond, virginia has unveiled the design for the 'institute for contemporary art'
by new york-based practice steven holl architects. the 38,000 square foot center will contain program to facilitate visual art,
theater, music, dance and film performances for both the academic and public audiences. positioned at the intersection of
belvidere and broad street, the building will address the corner and campus with two main entrances. outdoor plazas and
a sculpture garden transition from the urban context.
the interior features an auditorium which accommodates 247 seats along with exhibition areas and incubator spaces. a cafe,
classrooms and offices complete the program, with the intention of forming an educational and cultural resource for the city.
three storeys of galleries radiate within forked arms shaping the garden arrangement. accessed through large pivoting doors,
the ground level boundary is blurred to create a seamless circulation from inside to outside. translucent glass walls introduce
natural daylight while the pre-weathered satin finish zinc panels enclose the rest of the structure.
exterior facade and garden at night
geothermal wells will heat and cool the building, while green roofs will insulate the ceiling as well as
absorb storm water runoff. the curtain walls will exhaust the strong solar gain of summer while insulating
from the cold winter weather. the project is scheduled to break ground in 2013.
in reference to the design, steven holl has stated:
'we have designed the building to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that can illuminate the transformative possibilities
of contemporary art, like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA's design does not draw distinctions between
the visual and performing arts. the fluidity of the design allows for experimentation, and will encourage new ways to display
and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.'