Monday, January 14, 2008

What the ICA might have been . . .

People sometimes tell me I'm too harsh on the new ICA building,
by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. They think the harbor views and the "Mediatheque" are cool, and didn't it just win an award from the
Boston Society of Architects? Yes, but when you see a truly great museum, like the new Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (in Kansas City) from Steven Holl (whose only local work is Simmons Hall at MIT), you realize everything the ICA is not.

1 comment:

  1. Nice call on the comparison between the ICA and Holl's piece. One of the odd things of the ICA is the lack of transparency of some of the glazing, although it is the same material as in Kansas City.