Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects just unveiled their futuristic designs for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. The undulating, organic design is consistent with the style of MAD Architects, a firm that has produced numerous mountain-like buildings in the past. Studio Gang Architects is in charge of the site’s landscape architecture, as well as the bridge design that will connect the museum to Northerly Island.
Inspired by the work of Chicago icons Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, the estimated $300 million Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has a timeless design that will continue the city’s tradition of strong architecture, while exuding a futuristic flair characteristic of Lucas’ works. Located in Chicago’s Museum Campus next to Lake Michigan, the museum also serves as the visual convergence between the urban fabric and the landscape. To be constructed from stone, the design gently slopes upwards from the lake and the surrounding park and crescendos into a “floating” UFO-like disc.
In addition to housing the works of filmmaker George Lucas, the museum grounds will also serve as a public gathering space that will bring people closer to one another and to nature. The exhibition space is divided into three levels seamlessly connected in a series of loops. The floating disc at the pinnacle of the building features an observation deck with 360-degree panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan.
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