Ever since George Lucas chose Chicago as the home for his dream project, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, one the foremost questions has been, “What will it look like?” Well, today we got our answer! The conceptual designs for the museum and its environs have been released.
The design draws its inspiration from the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, and it takes full advantage of the surrounding parkland, lakefront, and man-made structures.
From the museum website:
The Lucas Museum design is both futuristic and timeless. Its continuous, undulating organic surface blurs the line between structure and landscape. As the harbor rises up to the land, it merges with stone surfaces that reach up to the sky and ultimately crescendo into a “floating” disc. The Museum is not an isolated object, but a spatial experience that is defined by the people who occupy it and interact with it. Its organic surface is made of a single material, a stone as primitive as it is futuristic, evoking the great achievements of architectural history. It is a place to discover and explore, to communicate and contemplate. More than a building, it is an urban vista for social interaction, bringing people closer to each other and to nature.
The museum, designed by Beijing-based MAD Architects, will be located between McCormick Place and Soldier Field. The “floating” disc that crowns the structure will feature an observation deck that will allow visitors a 360 degree view of the city and Lake Michigan.
The interior of the museum will house “three levels of exhibition space in infinite loops” that are meant to “inspire the imagination to ponder endless possibilities, both in content and design.”
The design for the Lucas Museum mirrors the objective of the artwork inside: It tells a story. The narrative ushers in the future of architectural design, exploring the relationship between man and nature. Its iconic design aspires to join the ranks of Chicago’s many cherished landmarks.
The surrounding landscape will be designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang, and it will include a bridge connecting the museum to Northerly Island.
The museum website has plans to launch a live webcam feature, along with time-lapse photography, that will enable everyone to track the progress of the design and building process.
Source and Image Credit: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art