MAD Architects’ Lucas Museum Reveals Final Construction Details

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MAD Architects’ Lucas Museum Reveals Final Construction Details

Scheduled to open in 2025, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in the Los Angeles Fairgrounds reveals the final details of construction and the addition of artwork. The first of its kind, the Lucas Museum, founded by filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, will be devoted to all forms of visual storytelling, including painting, photography, sculpture, illustration, comics, performance and video. Designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects with Michael Siegel of Stantec, the five-story, 27,900 square meter building will feature a gallery, two state-of-the-art theaters and dedicated spaces for learning and engagement, catering, retail, and events.

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Taking inspiration from the tall trees of the fairgrounds, the building is an extension of this canopy, rising up at its center to create a gathering space in the central plaza. The 11-acre museum campus replaces an asphalt parking lot and opens up and activates the edge of the fairgrounds for the nearby community by creating new access points to the park. The gardens, designed by Mia Lehrer of Studio-MLA, will provide a vast, multi-layered experience fully integrated with the building and the more than 200 trees that are currently in the ground.

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Rendering. Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

To achieve the building’s organic biomorphic surface, the structure will be clad with more than 1,500 curved fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) panels, each with a unique shape and placement to create the whole. Other major architectural elements of the park and gardens, including the theater, the hanging garden and the pedestrian bridge, are also under construction.


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As a central part of its construction program, the Lucas Museum, contractor, Hathaway Dinwiddie, and the City of LA set the goal of local hiring and increasing the subcontract pipeline with companies belonging to women, minorities and veterans. Through community outreach, local unions and other nonprofit workforce development organizations, the construction project has employed more than 4,200 workers, more than 60% of whom live in the county. from Los Angeles.

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As the first museum to focus exclusively on storytelling through images, the collection will bring together works ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Renaissance painting and contemporary photography. Curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, the collection includes Roberto Colescott’s masterpiece “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware” (1975), an iconic painting “that parodies the grandeur of historical genre painting while exposing racial divisions structures of the United States”. Other additions to the collection are The Judgment of Solomon (1526) by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Las Meninas by John Singer Sargent, After Velásquez (1879) and the work of Ernie Barnes, who created some of the most emblematic of 20th century African Americans. life, including The Drum Major (2003).

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MAD Architects has also revealed details of the Aranya “Cloud Center” floating structure in China and is currently developing the Mobility and Logistics Hub (MoLo) and Sanxingdui Ancient Shu Cultural Heritage Museum. The Lucas Museum in Los Angeles is the latest of many projects that MAD has designed in the United States, including the Proposal for the Lucas Museum in Chicago and the Gardenhouse residences in Beverly Hills.

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