The Renzo Piano-designed Academy Museum is due to be completed at the end of this year, but it’s not the only major movie-related museum planned for Los Angeles.
After a turbulent start, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is now on track for a late-2021 completion, according to MAD Architects.Unveiled back in 2014, the Lucas Museum was originally slated for Chicago, Illinois, and had a volcano-like design, but following planning permission issues, it was moved to LA. MAD then ripped up the old design and started from scratch with the new-and-improved proposal that wouldn’t look too out of place in one of George Lucas’ movies.
The museum will be topped by a large greenery-filled terrace and is described by MAD as an otherworldly cloud floating over the city. Its 290,000 sq ft (roughly 27,000 sq m) interior will host a rotating series of exhibitions dedicated to celebrating narrative art. This makes for a diverse collection of pieces – everything from Jar Jar Binks to an actual jar dating back to 520 BCE is represented, as well as illustrations, comics, paintings, photography, and even architectural renderings from the likes of Zaha Hadid Architects, UN Studio, and more.