New York-based practice Steven Holl Architects has just unveiled Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art. The 38,000-square-foot building will feature a series of flexible programming spaces for the presentation of visual art, theater, music, dance and film by nationally and internationally recognized artists.
The interior features an auditorium which accommodates 247 seats along with exhibition areas and incubator spaces. Pre-weathered zinc will be used to clad the building, while large walls of translucent glazing will allow light to filter inside. Geothermal wells will be used to provide energy efficient heating and cooling and the project will seek LEED Platinum certification. The Institute for Contemporary Art will be a new gateway and catalyst, linking the University and the city of Richmond. The project is scheduled to break ground in 2013.