Designed by one of the country’s most influential architects, the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art will be a new exclamation point on the horizon for the city of Richmond, Va. The building itself will sit at the most-traveled crossroads in Richmond — the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets, and just off interstate 95 — to form an exciting new gateway to the University and the city.
With 38,000 square feet of programming space designed to be flexible for the latest, most cutting edge visual art, performance and film from around the world, the ICA will serve as a catalyst for contemporary art on campus and in the city.
The building has two entrances leading into an inviting, double-height “forum.” One entrance opens to the city and the other faces campus, welcoming both communities to participate in the activities within the ICA. The “forum” was designed for both spontaneous encounters and planned events, and as the heart of the building, connects to the ground-floor performance space, sculpture garden and cafe.
The three levels of galleries are linked through the open forum, allowing artists to create works that extend across, and visitors to circulate through, the spaces via a variety of paths. Large, pivot doors open to the garden in order to create a seamless interplay between interior and exterior spaces.
The ICA’s exterior walls of pre-weathered satin-finish zinc will complement its urban setting. Additional clear and translucent glass walls will create transparency, bringing natural light into the building during the day and radiating light at night, signaling the activities within.
The ICA’s design incorporates many environmentally-friendly elements, making use of natural resources whenever possible. This includes the use of geothermal wells to provide heating and cooling energy for the building, green roofs to absorb storm water and maximize insulation, and glass walls designed to exhaust heat in the summer and harness it in the winter. The project is designed to meet LEEDplatinum certification standards. BCWH is the architect of record in Richmond.
The ICA will feature:
• 10,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space for contemporary art in all media
• 250-seat performance space with raked seating, a sprung floor, and excellent acoustics for live performance, cinema screenings, and other public programs
• State-of-the art classroom accommodating 35 students
• Spacious entry forum for social and community events
• Sculpture garden with reflecting pool and outdoor space for events, performances and installations
• Café with ICA shop
• Catering kitchen
• Meeting rooms
• Offices and support spaces for staff
• Art storage, prep, and fabrication spaces
• Loading dock for vehicles of all sizes
• Parking on site with additional parking nearby and valet parking for large events
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