steven holl’s insitute for contemporary art (ICA) at virginia commonwealth university is set to open in richmond, virginia on april 21, 2018. the building, photographed here by iwan baan, will transform the historic broad and belvidere intersection, and serve as a gateway between the campus and the city of richmond. with over 41,000 square feet, the building comprises a series of exhibition and programming spaces which spans across three levels.

steven holl ICA
with over 41,000 square feet, the building comprises a series of exhibition and programming spaces
image © iwan baan (also main image)

 

 

steven holl’s design centers around a double-height atrium, which serves as a flexible volume encouraging both spontaneous interaction and planned events. dynamic gallery spaces branch out from this central core, encircling an external area of recreation. the three connected levels of gallery space extend throughout the structure, allowing visitors to traverse the building naturally through a number of different routes. in addition to gallery spaces, the building houses a 247-seat auditorium, a café, and classrooms and office space, forming an educational and cultural resource for the city. 

steven holl ICA
the design centers around a double-height atrium, which serves as a flexible volume
image © iwan baan

 

 

‘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,’ explains steven holl. ‘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’. the inaugural exhibition, titled ‘declaration’, will be an exploration of contemporary art’s power to catalyze change, featuring painting, sculpture, multimedia works, site-specific installations, and time-based performances by emerging and established artists.

steven holl ICA
dynamic gallery spaces branch out from a central core, encircling an external area of recreation.
image © iwan baan

steven holl ICA
in addition to gallery spaces, the building houses a 247-seat auditorium, a café, classrooms and office space
image © iwan baan

steven holl ICA
the building is sited at a historic intersection to serve as a gateway between the campus and the city
image © iwan baan

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