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migueltorres Nov 3, 2014 11:10 PM

CHICAGO | Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
And the images are out!


Lucas Museum design an architectural mountain on city's lakefront

If you expected filmmaker George Lucas to give Chicago a low-slung museum that would slip quietly into the fiercely contested ground of the city's lakefront, I have news for you: You expected wrong.

A conceptual plan for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, revealed Monday, sketches a far more ambitious vision from the "Star Wars" creator: A curvaceous, nearly windowless mountain of a building, topped by a glassy observation deck that would resemble a flying saucer.

Steely Dan Nov 3, 2014 11:19 PM

^ wow, that sure is out there!

expect a shitstorm of pushback from the lakefront protection people.

UrbanLibertine Nov 3, 2014 11:22 PM

It's different. That building legitimately looks like something from a Star Wars movie...


Originally Posted by migueltorres (Post 6793511)

Via Chicago Nov 3, 2014 11:59 PM

gonna be honest, i was expecting a lower profile design. not really feeling this....

Rizzo Nov 4, 2014 12:04 AM

Kind of looks like a tent. Not feelin this concept.

Via Chicago Nov 4, 2014 12:06 AM


Originally Posted by Hayward (Post 6793601)
Kind of looks like a tent. Not feelin this concept.

that was the first thing that came to mind. a circus tent.


munchymunch Nov 4, 2014 12:11 AM


headcase Nov 4, 2014 12:13 AM

First opinion, I like it.


Via Chicago Nov 4, 2014 12:16 AM

theres nothing about it that looks inviting. its just a big amorphous blob of concrete. brutalism for the 21st century.

joeg1985 Nov 4, 2014 12:21 AM

The entrance to this building will make or break it. But mostly I really like it. It is like nothing else the city has right now. This will look especially awesome sitting right next to the space ship that landed on Soldier Field.

Does anyone have any closeup renderings? Or are the ones in the Trib the only ones we have?

ChiHi Nov 4, 2014 12:23 AM

It's buildings like the Lucas Museum that make me think that I could have been an architect. From the first couple renderings, there's really nothing appealing about nor does it stand out in any sort of way. Looks like something the city would store salt in. Feeling quite underwhelmed by this one.

ardecila Nov 4, 2014 12:57 AM

Need more images... These renderings are useless, need to see a floorplan or axon. At least a bird's eye rendering...

Seems like this building is a giant skirt, and all the interesting stuff is at the hem around the edge. Also plenty of good stuff inside... ;). The renderings we have just show the central part, which is pretty featureless except for a few eyebrow windows.

alex1 Nov 4, 2014 1:16 AM

I'm in the "meh" camp. Reminds me of a more free form, out-of-control Yurt.

the urban politician Nov 4, 2014 1:20 AM

Yeah, I think it needs work. Not that impressed. Does anyone else think this project should get its own thread?

Ryanrule Nov 4, 2014 1:20 AM

it looks like a structure from hoth.

thewaterman11 Nov 4, 2014 1:29 AM

These renderings create intrigue if nothing else. I'm excited to see future floor plans and the pushback from the community.

ardecila Nov 4, 2014 1:38 AM

Nobody's mentioned it here yet, but this building is supposed to be clad in real stone... Gizmodo said "blocks of stone" like the Great Pyramid. I wonder how long it will take for that to get VE'd out....

Conceptually it sounds like they are trying to make the building a giant thermal mass that uses passive principles for heating/cooling, so maybe they can pay for the stone with savings from mechanicals. :uhh:

CHI -21c Nov 4, 2014 2:01 AM

Didn't Lucas tell Rahm Emanuel, "I have to warn you, I want something bold, something avant-garde"


As a layman, I see today's attempts to try and be novel and abstract as very conventional. White freeform has been done over and over, and the freeform isn't that free; it's just imitations of what everyone's been doing.

Far from iconic.

mattshoe Nov 4, 2014 2:33 AM

Kinda reminds me of:

the urban politician Nov 4, 2014 2:58 AM

I know all the Star Wars jabs are bound to get old after a while.....but darn it, it really does look like something out of Star Wars!

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