As reported last week, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has been redesigned with the intent of scaling back its footprint while increasing the surrounding green space — all while retaining the original overall design.
The smaller design will include three theaters, a library, classrooms, galleries, a rooftop observation deck, and space for special events. The museum will occupy an estimated 25 acres and the grounds will feature 4.6 acres of open space, a winding walkway, a nature-scape on the lakefront, and a pavilion.
Standing at a height of 136 feet, the new design fits in nicely between its neighbors Soldier Field (151 feet) and McCormick Place (89 feet). Regarding complaints that the museum will obstruct the view of Lake Michigan, Chicago architect Jeanne Gang had this to say:
“The shape of this building is … the most forgiving for views of any building. It’s shaped like a dune. It’s narrowest at the top.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a long-time supporter of the project, was pleased with the new design.
“The mayor is very happy with the final designs that turn a concrete parking lot into a thriving lakefront ecosystem and add another iconic institution to Chicago’s museum campus,” Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins said. “Just as importantly, he’s thrilled that the Lucas Museum will be here in Chicago, instead of in L.A. or San Francisco, so our children and families can enjoy it and learn in it for generations to come.”
You can see the new design in the images below:
The proposed museum will cost an estimated $300 million, to be paid by George Lucas. No taxpayer money will be used. The public will be able to comment on the project in upcoming Park District, Planning Commission, and City Council meetings.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Images belong to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via the Chicago Tribune.