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Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, Massachusetts

  • project Institute of Contemporary Art
  • architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects; Perry Dean Rogers + Partners
  • lighting designer Arup Lighting

The ICA is the first museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. The 65,000 square foot build­ing includes tem­po­rary and per­ma­nent gal­leries, a 330 seat multi-pur­pose the­ater, a restau­rant, book­store, education/​workshop facil­i­ties, and admin­is­tra­tive offices.

Award-win­ning archi­tects Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the ICA, con­ceiv­ing the build­ing both from the sky down,” as a con­tem­pla­tive space for expe­ri­enc­ing con­tem­po­rary art, and from the ground up,” pro­vid­ing dynamic areas for public enjoy­ment. The design weaves together inte­rior and exte­rior space, pro­duc­ing shift­ing per­spec­tives of the water­front through­out the museum’s gal­leries and public spaces.

Over­seen by New York-based Arup Light­ing, the building’s light­ing scheme takes a sys­tem­atic approach in order to address the diver­sity of spaces. We focused on using a common set of eco­nom­i­cal tools,” explains light­ing designer Brian Stacy.

The build­ing incor­po­rates an illu­mi­nated facade, lob­bies, and exhi­bi­tion rooms, lit with Selux M100 Satin­lights,” so as not to inter­fere with views across the sea. The light­ing is designed to com­ple­ment, rather than col­lide with, the con­tem­po­rary archi­tec­tural style of the space. The insti­tute is a beacon for the breath­tak­ing work of today‘s most tal­ented artists.

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