ICA Watershed

SIZE: 15,000 sq. ft.
OWNERS: Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
ARCHITECT: Anmahian Winton Architects
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Florian Holzherr

DESIGN TEAM:Paul Zaferiou
 Dan Weissman

Located in a 15,000 square foot industrial space at the active East Boston Shipyard, the ICA Watershed creates a unique setting for artistic exploration. Visitors are greeted by translucent polycarbonate facade on either end of the elongated space, illuminated from within to create a lantern effect visible from across the Boston Harbor. Breaking from the typical black box gallery model, daylight pours through a narrow skylight, exposing the richly textured concrete-and-cinder block surface of the west wall, while linear fixtures tucked behind beams wash the opposing white wall. A grid of clamping bars provide homes for art lights among the steel trusses. This series of lighting schemes creates a unique visitor experience throughout the building and gallery spaces while revealing the Shipyard’s industrial history.