Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

The ICA is the first museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. The building includes an extensive program, from exhibition halls to a multipurpose theater, a restaurant, a bookstore, education/workshop facilities, and administrative offices. It straddles the competing objectives of a dynamic civic building for public programs and a contemplative environment for viewing art.

The site is bound on two sides by the Harborwalk, a 75-kilometer public walkway. The Harborwalk is used as a civic plane that stretches up to form the public grandstand, flattens into the theater stage, and wraps the surfaces of the theater extending into a horizontal tray that holds the gallery and shelters the grandstand. The waterfront is both a great asset for the museum and a distraction from its inwardly focused program. A choreographed passage through the building dispenses the visual context in doses. Upon one’s entry, the view is compressed under the theater’s belly, then scanned by the glass elevator, used as a variable backdrop in the theater, denied entirely in the galleries, and revealed as a panorama at the crossover gallery. The mediatheque suspended under the cantilever edits the context from view, leaving only the texture of water.

Proyecto Project

Institute of Contemporary Art

Arquitectos Architects

Elizabeth Diller, Charles Renfro (socios encargados partners-in-charge), Ricardo Scofidio (socios partners); Jesse Saylor (arquitecto de proyecto project architect); Flavio Stigliano, Deane Simpson, Eric Howeler, Matthew Johnson (equipo de diseño design team)

Colaboradores Collaborators

Perry Dean Rogers and Partners (arquitecto asociado associate architects); Seamus Henchy and Associates (gestión de proyecto project management); Fisher Dachs Associates (consultoría teatro theater consultant); Jaffe Holden Acoustics (consultoría acústica acoustical consultant); Arup (iluminación lighting)

Contratista Contractor

Skanska USA (contratista general general contractor)

Fotos Photos

Iwan Baan, Nic Lehoux, Chuck Choi