W Magazine recently did an in-depth story about the history and launch of the ICA Miami. The new museum features a custom facade supplied by Poma along with a Poma-fabricated stairway and security fence which encloses the building. Located in the Miami Design District
To many in the art world, Miami means one thing: Art Basel Miami Beach, the art fair that, for a week in early December, grips the metropolitan area in a spasm of commerce, parties, and kibitzing. Miami is renowned as a place to buy and sell contemporary art, and the city is also home to marquee-name collectors, some of whom—notably, the Rubell, Margulies, de la Cruz, and Fontanals-Cisneros families—have opened their private collections to the public. Compared to these cutting-edge private collections, the Miami museums can seem a bit dull, but the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, which opens this month in a new building in the Design District, aims to rectify that imbalance.
Designed by the Madrid-based Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, it is a three-story glass-and-steel box, with a sculptural south facade of interlocking metal triangles and recessed colored light panels. On the ground floor are the galleries for the permanent collection (The Soup Course at the She-She Café, a popular installation by Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Edward Kienholz, will be the first thing visitors see), long-term loans (including a Robert Gober “Drain” sculpture), and a project space for emerging artists. Its north-facing floor-to-ceiling windows flood the galleries with light and afford treetop views of the Buena Vista neighborhood that borders the Design District, and along one side of the museum building is a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden.