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Lucas Museum’s place finally selected and comes to Los Angeles designed by MAD Architects

United States - Jan 11, 2017 - 12:27   4539 views

After long and harsh debates, the final decision has finally been given to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art designed by MAD ArchitectsThe Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has announced that the new museum will be built in Los Angeles, which means in the city's Exposion Park.

MAD Architects had submitted dual proposals in late October 2016 and developed two different museum plans to be situated in two different sites, one of them was for San Francisco and the other was for Los Angeles' Exposion Park. George Lucas and Board of Directors have chosen second proposal since the 'Exposion Park is a magnet for the region and the museum will be accessed from all parts of the city.'

The museum will display George Lucas' personal collection of fine art and popular art and will be the keystone of the visual storytelling in a setting focused on narrative painting, illustration, photography, film, animation and digital art. Lucas and his wife donate $1 billion to build this tremendous, futuristic museum building and park land. 

The Lucas Museum will also provide multiple opportunities for hands-on engaging educational experiences for all ages and curriculum-based learning for students. You will be able to experiment in many artistic processes, from painting to pre-professional cinema techniques. Special tours, talks, workshops and screenings will be tailored to serve the curriculum of students from grammar school to college age.

Ma Yansong's fluid-formed proposal is placed in the LA's Exposition Park where it neighbours to the Natural History Museum and Coliseum. The new museum forms a tent-like structure allowing a vast scale of public space with green environment. The museum is raised up by three massive elliptical spaces touching the ground and are defined as semi-opened gallery spaces, which make easy to access to the visitors.

For selected design, the museum building encompasses 265,000–275,000 net square feet area, while including 90,000–100,000 square feet area for galleries. MAD's elliptical structure includes an underground parking which accommodates approximately 1,800 vehicles. MAD adds 24,000 square meters (6-7 acre) green space with plants and tree covered roof-terraces for the second design. 

''After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities,'' said Board of Directors, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

''The board wishes to extend a special thanks to Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for their tremendous efforts and engagement. While each location offers many unique and wonderful attributes, South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.''

''Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums.''

''Now we turn our attention to finalizing the details and building what we believe will be one of the most imaginative and inclusive art museums in the world—a global destination that all Angelenos and Californians will be proud to call their own.''

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