One of the most mainstream stories in architecture this summer was where George Lucas was going to decide to put his museum to hold his collection of illustrations and pop art, with reported estimated worth at $1 billion dollars. Last month, Lucas, who is from the Bay Area, nixed a site by the Golden Gate bridge and awarded it to his “second home” of Chicago.
Today, Lucas publicized his architectural dream team headlined by the hometown’s Jeanne Gang, principal of Studio Gang, and Ma Yansong of Beijing’s MAD Architects (and designer of the “Marilyn Monroe Towers” in Toronto, pictured above). Lucas is also enlisting another Chicago firm, VOA Architects, to be the museum’s executive architect. The Trib’s Blair Kamin reports that, “while Ma and Gang focus on the broad creative strokes, VOA will be responsible for details like construction drawings.” Also, through his spokeswoman, Devon Spurgeon, Lucas interviewed fewer than 10 firms from around the world for the museum with UNStudio the runner-up.
I’m particularly excited for the collaborative project as, not even a fan of Star Wars (I know, I know), but rather to see how Yansong and his team design the building in synchronization with how Studio Gang forms the landscape around the museum. Plus, Gang and her team will be adding a pedestrian bridge linking the museum to their ongoing ecological transformation of Northerly Island (which I covered more in-depth recently as part of a larger piece here).
Conceptual designs for the George Lucas museum are expected later this year, but to hold over the reader that clicked hoping to see said designs, here is the latest from Studio Gang — new renderings released this month of the beautiful 400-ft residential Folsom Square Tower planned for downtown San Francisco (more info here).