Ma Yansong, the Beijing-based architect chosen to conceive George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, recently released a couple of designs of what the museum might possibly look like. Clearly, the world of science fiction as well as the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe had an influence on Ma’s designs.
Ma Yansong founded MAD Architects in 2004. MAD specializes in futuristic designs with an eastern flourish. Ma designed the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Ontario, which earned him international acclaim.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is going to be built near Soldier Field, a tourist hotspot, and cost $300 million to build. The structure itself, as you can see below, is conical-shaped, but it looks like it almost melds into the sidewalk and outdoor area. It almost seems as if one could climb the side of the building like a mountain.
The museum will have a circular plan, similar to the Guggenheim. Visitors would ascend upward, viewing each gallery until they reach an observation deck and restaurant. The museum will also have theaters, an education center, archives and an outdoor amphitheater. Expected to open in 2018, it features a floating disc above four levels of exhibition space in ‘infinite loops’ and an observation deck with 360-degree views of the city and Lake Michigan.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will not only house items from ‘Star Wars’ but will also include some of Lucas’ collections of Norman Rockwell paintings, MAD Magazine cover art, and certainly more of Lucas’ acquisitions beyond relics from his films.
Take a look at the designs. What do you think?