June 2012: On the Drawing Board
Reuse of L.A.’s historic Dunbar Hotel; new National Guard Bureau at Hanscom AFB; Valencia College’s collaboratory; Chicago warehouse turned winery; China Mobile’s new headquarters.
Artists and visitors go with the flow at new contemporary art institute
The new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, is designed to facilitate the way artists work today. Designed by Chris McVoy and Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects, New York, N.Y., the 38,000-sf building will be part exhibition and performance space, part lab and incubator, fit to hold programming from visual art to theater to film. At the heart of the building will be a double-height “forum,” a flexible space that links the three levels of galleries. This floor plan will allow artists to create work that extends across spaces and permit visitors to circulate through the space via a variety of paths. BCWH Architects are the local architects on the project.