George Lucas' highly-anticipated Lucas Museum of Narrative Art at Exposition Park in Los Angeles has received approval from the Los Angeles Planning Commission who signed off on the plans Thursday.
The renderings supplied by MAD Architects of the $1 billion project shows a 115-foot tall building featuring 300,000 square feet of floor area. The building's fluid design, when viewed from an overhead Luke Skywalker perspective, brings to mind space ships from movies past and seems to hover above the ground as if waiting for travelers to board.
The Lucas Museum will have two wings. Two theatres and the entrance lobby on the ground level. The south wing will contain the museum's archives, offices, classrooms and a library. The fourth floor will be the primary exhibition space. The fifth level will have a restaurant, more display footage, and a landscaped public roof garden. Underground parking for 2,400 cars will be hidden beneath 11 acres of green space.
Lucas' collection of art and movie paraphernalia will be in an open-form layout, mixing fine art from as Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renior with comic art, movie storyboards, props, and American artists including Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth. The intention is to create a 'barrier-free' space where visitors can appreciate displays without preconceived labels telling them which items are 'fine art' and which are simply popular culture.
The Lucas Museum says the build will provide 1,500 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs. Construction of the Lucas Museum is expected to occur over approximately three years, beginning in January 2018 and finishing by 2021.