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Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro
location Massachusetts, Boston
function museum, theatre
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The new Boston ICA is located on the harbour at Fan Pier in south Boston. The building design negotiates between two competing objectives: to perform as a dynamic civic building filled with public and social activities, and as a controlled, contemplative atmosphere for individuals interacting with contemporary art. The Boston Harbour-walk borders the north and west edges of the ICA site. This surface is metaphorically extended into the new building as a pliable wrapper that defines the building’s major public spaces. It folds up from the walkway into a "grandstand" facing the water, it continues through the skin of the building to form a stage, then turns up to form the theatre seating, then seamlessly envelopes the theatre space, ultimately, slipping out through the skin to produce the ceiling of the exterior public "room." Above the wrapper sits the "gallery box": a large exhibition space on one level that dramatically cantilevers over the Harborwalk toward the water.

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Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA
Northern Avenue 100
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm Thursday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm Closed Monday, except on national holidays.
How to get there? Located at 100 Northern Avenue on Boston’s waterfront, adjacent to Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant. It is a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. There is affordable parking in the area, but fewer spots may be available in lots immediately adjacent to the ICA after 5 pm. Take the Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront. The ICA is short walk from either Courthouse or World Trade Center station.
Completion 12- 2006
Floor area/size 7500 m2
Cost € 32000000,-
Architect, Interior architectDiller Scofidio + Renfro
Client Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Project ID 190
Latitude/Longitude 42°21'08N 71°02'40W
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