The plans for Chicago's controversial George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art are getting a bit of a makeover. MAD Architects, Studio Gang and New York-based SCAPE revealed new plans that render the project with less square footage, a smaller footprint and more consideration for the project's impact on the local environment. The project, which has been defended by Frank Gehry, has been criticized for its impact on the Lake Michigan lakefront.
The new museum design has a 25-percent smaller square footage, now clocking in at 300,000 square feet. The footprint has also been reduced by 40-percent. The revised design also includes plenty of windows so that visitors can see the lake, the city and nearby parks.
The impact of the museum will be minimized by building it on existing surface parking lots, and an underground garage will be added to replace the lost parking. The new site plan also adds 4.5 acres of green space with paths and trails laced throughout, all with the goal of respecting the lakefront environment and helping the museum to blend in seamlessly with it.
Once completed, the museum will host the private art and memorabilia collection belonging to George Lucas, along with a lecture series, exhibitions on the history of cinema and the digital arts and an educational outreach program. The updated plans will now head to the the city planners for approval.