31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #12

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02110

Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Perry Dean Rogers Partners, 2006

 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. 

About the Institute of Contemporary Art:

In December of 2009, the Boston Herald selected the new ICA building as one of the top ten buildings that placed Boston in the same architectural league as New York City (at least, that is what they were suggesting) within the last decade. The building is a box with a small slit on one of its sides to allow for a breathtaking view of Boston Harbor. Other than the view, the ICA building is not welcoming and has nothing special going on for it besides the excellent contemporary art exhibitions which are transforming the way Boston looks at contemporary art. Susan and Michael Southworth, authors of the AIA Guide to Boston think that “[the] building is a surprise in the era of sustainable architecture. South American hardwood, overindulgence in glass, an inefficient shape, and massive elevator-cab dimensions contrast starkly with other major art institutions in the neighborhood, the ultra-green Artists for Humanity EpiCenter” (95).

What do you think of the ICA’s new building? Do you love it or hate it? Comments please!

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