ICA Boston
  The 65,000-square-foot building features a dramatic folding ribbon form and a cantilever that extends to the water's edge. The façade consists of identically sized vertical planks that alternate between transparent glass, translucent glass, and opaque metal. The system provides a taught seamless skin that blurs the distinction between walls, windows and doors while responding to the requirements of the interior program.
  The distinct tapering of the lobby directs visitors toward the information and ticketing counter, with the bookstore directly behind facing the water. Along the eastern interior wall of the lobby is the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, a space dedicated to original work commissioned from a new artist each year. A 140-square-foot elevator with glass walls on the long sides give a view of the harbor on one side, and all the floors passing by on the other.  
  The museum's flexible column-free galleries feature moveable walls, 15 1/2-foot ceilings, an expansive adjustable skylight system allowing natural light to be filtered evenly throughout, and polished concrete floors. A glass wall facing the harbor is a special feature of the Founders Gallery, which spans the entire width of the north end of the exhibition space and connects east and west galleries. The cantilevered galleries are supported by four massive trusses, which are silhouetted behind the translucent exterior walls. The "gallery box" can be illuminated by night to create a radiant, welcoming waterfront presence.  This vertically stepped-out space suspended from the underside of the cantilever serves as a digital media center. Equipped with computer stations for accessing digital resources about artists, exhibitions, and contemporary art, the space provides a stunning perspec...


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