Institute of Contemporary Art

Photo Source: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) opened its new waterfront museum in 2006 with a full range of inaugural exhibitions and expanded public programming. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum is the first art museum built in Boston in nearly 100 years. The 65,000-square-foot building, featuring a dramatic folding ribbon form and a cantilever that extends to the water’s edge, provides a bold presence for the ICA that symbolizes its commitment to contemporary art and design.

The ICA now can greatly expand its offerings to present provocative multi-disciplinary public programs, including film and video screenings, dance, jazz and classical music, and spoken word performances, lectures, and other special events.

The museum also hosts a variety of outdoor events under the cantilevered galleries and along the waterfront, designed to enliven the area and engage passersby.

  • Client: Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Completion Year: 2006
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Capacity: 328 seats


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