ICA miami opens permanent home designed by aranguren + gallegos arquitectos

ICA miami opens permanent home designed by aranguren + gallegos arquitectos

the institute of contemporary art, miami (ICA miami) has opened its new permanent home ahead of miami art week 2017. designed by spanish firm aranguren + gallegos arquitectos, the 37,500-square-foot building provides double the gallery space compared to its previous venue and also includes an outdoor sculpture garden. ‘our new building enables us expand the diverse spectrum of exhibitions, and public and educational programs, offered year-round — from ambitious thematic exhibitions and major site-specific installations and commissions, to workshops designed for teens and youth, to seminars for graduate students, to talks and activities that engage the general public in contemporary art and ideas,’ explains ellen salpeter, director of ICA miami.

the building is aranguren + gallegos arquitectos’ first project in the united states
image © iwan baan (also main image)



situated at the heart of miami design district, the building is clad with a façade of interlocking metal triangles and lighted panels. aranguren + gallegos arquitectos’ design includes 20,000 square feet of adjustable gallery spaces across three floors that respond to ICA miami’s diverse displays of artist installations, exhibitions, and performances. increased space for educational and community programming is also provided.

the scheme includes an outdoor sculpture garden
image © iwan baan



upon entry, visitors may either turn into the first-floor galleries, or walk through an enclosed breezeway to the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden, which houses a rotating series of long-term installations and commissions. a curtain wall of windows on the museum’s northern façade brings natural light into the museum’s galleries and allows visitors to take in views of the sculpture garden and the surrounding cityscape.

an enclosed breezeway leads to the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden
image © iwan baan



ICA miami’s inaugural program includes ‘the everywhere studio’, a thematic survey and exhibit that traces the impact and influence of the artist’s studio from post-war to the present day, as well as focused solo exhibitions of work by edward and nancy kienholz, senga nengudi, and hélio oiticica. ‘the inaugural program of the new ICA miami represents an expansion of the depth and breadth of our programmatic approach,’ says alex gartenfeld, deputy director and chief curator. ‘the everywhere studio exemplifies the thematic surveys that we now have the space to mount, which explore critical topics in contemporary practice through the work of today’s leading artists and their predecessors.’

ICA miami’s inaugural program includes ‘the everywhere studio’
image © iwan baan

a curtain wall of windows on the museum’s northern façade brings light into the museum’s galleries
image © iwan baan

the building takes on a completely different appearance by night
image © iwan baan

the scheme is situated at the heart of miami design district
image © iwan baan

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