Architecture

Lucas Museum design gets the remastering treatment

View of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art with cityscape, from the southeast
View of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art with cityscape, from the southeast
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A bird’s eye view of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and surrounding park setting.
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A bird’s eye view of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and surrounding park setting.
A look inside the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The diagram shows the spiral ramp, three theaters, galleries, classrooms and library.
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A look inside the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The diagram shows the spiral ramp, three theaters, galleries, classrooms and library.
A side-by-side comparison of the lakefront site as it currently exists and how it will look with the Museum and accessible, added greenspace in place.
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A side-by-side comparison of the lakefront site as it currently exists and how it will look with the Museum and accessible, added greenspace in place.
Rendering of the visitor experience on the public plaza of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The plaza as well as the surrounding greenspace will be open and accessible to park visitors.
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Rendering of the visitor experience on the public plaza of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The plaza as well as the surrounding greenspace will be open and accessible to park visitors.
View of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art with cityscape, from the southeast
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View of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art with cityscape, from the southeast
An aerial view of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art site.
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An aerial view of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art site.

New designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) have been released by MAD Architects. The building's size has been reduced by around 25 percent to 300,000 sq ft (27,870 sq m). It retains its distinctive undulating look and circular observation deck, however.

Initial designs for the museum, described as being the first of its kind, were revealed last year. It will showcase a collection of narrative art, including illustration, comics and digital art forms, as well as provide "an insider’s perspective on the cinematic creative process."

The LMNA will be located in Chicago, and will be developed on a former parking lot. It will add nearly 200,000 sq ft (18,600 sq m) of public green space alongside Lake Michigan, which will include space for outdoor festivals, zero-irrigation landscaping, native planting and a rain garden that will filter stormwater runoff. It will also have additional windows providing views of Chicago, Lake Michigan and the surrounding parks.

"Our goal is to celebrate and explore the crucial role narrative art has played in every culture and every period in history, as a rich source of inspiration, communication and cultural significance through our collections, exhibitions, educational offerings and film screenings," says president of the LMNA, Dr. Don Bacigalupi.

The Lucas Museum will host hands-on classes and activities, as well as daily film screenings of archival works, regional, national and international cinema, experimental and independent film and digital media. It is expected to open around 2019-20.

Sources: Lucas Museum, MAD Architects

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