Lucas Museum Gets a West Coast Makeover: Smoother, Curvier, More Elegant
Oct27

Lucas Museum Gets a West Coast Makeover: Smoother, Curvier, More Elegant

The museum that Chicago cast out is homing in on a new place to put down roots.  The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has released information and renderings of the two leading proposals for its new building — one in Los Angeles, and one in San Francisco. Both buildings retail the stark-white-and-curvy sci-fi aesthetic from the original Chicago design.  They also do what they can to simulate a building in a park, within the constraints...

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Better Than a Parking Lot, But Is This the Museum Chicago’s Looking For?
Nov04

Better Than a Parking Lot, But Is This the Museum Chicago’s Looking For?

  The people behind the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have released their vision of a new lakefront home.  The controversial museum would be located near Soldier Field in the Chicago’s Museum Campus.  Preservationists see the construction of any new structure along the city’s downtown shoreline as an affront, pushing instead to protect the surface parking lot which currently occupies the site. The early drawings of...

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Chicago’s Lucas Museum: Still “Iconic,” and now “Organic.”
Oct18

Chicago’s Lucas Museum: Still “Iconic,” and now “Organic.”

It’s been almost three months since we heard anything official from George Lucas and the organizers of the Museum of Narrative Art he plans to build in Chicago’s Museum Campus.  But the Chicago Architecture Blog was in the house when Mr. Lucas, himself, started spilling tantalizing little beans about the lakefront project. Speaking to Charlie Rose as part of Chicago Ideas Week, the Tribune reports that Mr. Lucas has very...

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Lucas Picks a Pair of Rising Starchitects for His Chicago Lakefront Museum
Jul28

Lucas Picks a Pair of Rising Starchitects for His Chicago Lakefront Museum

They wanted iconic.  They wanted different.  And it seems the people behind the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have picked talent matching those parameters to design the new museum on Chicago’s Lakefront. First up is a known local quantity.  Jeanne Gang burst onto Chicago’s architectural scene with her beautiful-on-the-outside, mediocre-on-the-inside tower Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive).  Aqua’s undulating...

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