View of new ICA entrance on the Mall


Most significant refurbishment since 1960's of the world's first Institute of Contemporary Arts

Won through invited competition, DKA is working on the refurbishment of the Grade I listed podium of Carlton House Terrace on the Mall to create twenty-first century spaces for the Institute of Contemporary Arts. 

The ICA was founded in 1947 as a radical alternative to the Royal Academy where the avant-gard could engage with the pressing issues of the day. The first ICA exhibitions took place in a hired space at the Academy Hall, Oxford Street, before taking up more permanent residence at 17-18 Dover Street, Mayfair, in 1950.In 1968, the ICA moved to its present location on The Mall which was refurbished to designs by Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry. 

DKA has been working closely with the ICA team and consultants to develop a conservation strategy that draws on the history of the building and most notably Jane Drew's proposals that have for the most part been covered over. Stage 1 Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Funding have been secured and the project is progressing through planning.


Refurbishment of the ICA


St James's, London




2200  m2

Construction Value

Design Team

David Kohn, Liz Betterton, Robin Turner, Matt Volsen, Kate Ivinson

Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry's 1960's plans for the ICA
Cedric Price at the ICA in 1970s