(emphasis mine)New Design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
The $1-billion museum from Star Wars creator George Lucas will rise in Exposition Park.
by STEVEN SHARP on May 04, 2017, 3:12PM
In January, Angelenos were elated to discover that Star Wars creator George Lucas has selected Exposition Park as the future site of his Museum of Narrative Art. An upcoming presentation to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission has unveiled new renderings for the $1-billion project, suggesting changes from the initial designs presented last year.
Slated for two city-owned parking lots on Vermont Avenue south of Exposition Boulevard, the museum would take the form of a four-story, 115-foot tall building featuring 300,000 square feet of floor area. Plans call for a vacation of 39th Street between Vermont Avenue and Bill Robertson Lane, allowing for the construction of an underground parking garage across the site featuring more than 2,400 vehicle spaces. The subterranean garage levels would be capped with 11 acres of public green space.
The design from Chinese architect Ma Yansong has evolved to beome more compact than the sinewy images last seen in January.
Construction of the Lucas Museum is expected to occur over approximately three years, beginning in January 2018 and finishing by 2021.
http://urbanize.la/post/new-design-lucas-museum-narrative-art (full article and additional renders there)
Time for a thread, this project is finally starting to pick up steam! It's been quite the odyssey for Lucas to find a home for his museum of "Narrative Art". According to the Museum's mission, narrative art is "art that tells a story". And that can mean anything from movies like Star Wars, to Norman Rockwell paintings to ancient Greek vases of Spartans ready for battle.
The museum will open with George Lucas' ("Star Wars"/"Indiana Jones") personal collection and expand from there. And suffice to say, the way the Museum ended up in LA is a loooong story. Here's the LA Times article announcing LA's landing of the Museum:
Los Angeles will be home to George Lucas' $1-billion museum
Long story short in bullet point form:
- Lucas originally wanted to build in San Francisco on the water. SF told him to take a hike.
- Lucas and his wife then moved onto Chicago, where they worked out a deal with the city government to build the Museum on the shores of Lake Michigan, on a parking lot adjacent to the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field.
- That drew the ire of "Friends of the Park", essentially a NIMBY organization that fought the museum tooth and nail. The Museum also seemed to become a pressure point against Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who was facing backlash from his constituents.
- After a protracted fight with Friends of the Park, Lucas threw in the towel and got the heck out of the Windy City (for the record the parking lot FOP was fighting to protect for parkland? It's still a parking lot.)
- Lucas came back to California and put the final decision between San Francisco and Los Angeles. And LA, with the enthusiastic work of Mayor Eric Garcetti, won the bid and landed the Museum!
And so the Museum of Narrative Arts has landed next to the Coliseum in Exposition Park. Appropriate in a way as the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Lucas' film school alma mater, is next door. Here is a photo from Urbanize LA showing the current status of the land:
(the dirt plot in the background is the new soccer Banc of California Stadium)
And here is how it will look when completed in 2021:
These details come from a pdf of an upcoming presentation to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, a link to which is available on the Urbanize.la website. In the meantime here are schematics and floor plans for the Museum from the presentation. Enjoy! :cheers: