Virginia Commonwealth University has long been one of the leading public university graduate arts and design programs in the country. Now it also wants to be a cultural destination for audiences and performers. The university on Wednesday unveiled the design for a new $32 million Institute for Contemporary Art, designed by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy of Steven Holl Architects. Calling the 38,000-square-foot building “part exhibition and performance space, part lab and incubator,” the university said the institute will feature a series of flexible programming spaces for visual art, theater, music, dance and film.There will be an auditorium with more than 240 seats, a sculpture garden, classrooms and a cafe.
Virginia Commonwealth University just unveiled plans for their new Institute of Contemporary Art, a translucent museum designed by Steven Holl. The museum’s form relies on cues from the site and allows for flexibility for visual and performance art installations. Slated to break ground in 2013, the ICA will also seek LEED Platinum certification and make use of geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs and energy efficient design. Translucent walls, a trademark of Steven Holl’s designs, will provide ample, natural daylighting and help blur the boundary between the interior and exterior.
Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art will have two fronts — one opening toward the busy Broad and Belvidere intersection and the other to a sculpture garden facing campus.
There is good news in the architecture department, locally and almost locally. Last week, the District of Columbia Public Library announced that Vancouver-based architect Bing Thom will design a replacement building for the aging Woodridge Neighborhood Library.
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has officially announced that internationally famed architect, Steven Holl, will be the design architect for the new VCU Art Museum. This has been rumored for several months now. Soon we’ll learn who the local architect will be.