VIDEO Southern California’s LUCAS Museum Is Starting To Take Shape

The opening of the billion dollar Lucas Museum in Los Angeles is being delayed from 2023 to 2025.

Urbanize says the legacy project from filmmaker George Lucas is taking shape on the western side of Exposition Park along Vermont Avenue between Exposition Boulevard to the north and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south.

The five-story, 300,000-square-foot building - home to a 100,000-piece collection that includes Roman mosaics, Renaissance paintings, and contemporary photography - is the centerpiece of an overall 11-acre complex which also includes new park space to the south.

Designed by MAD Architects (with Stantec serving as executive architect), the Lucas Museum is framed in steel and concrete, with an exterior composed of 1,500 glass fiber reinforced polymer panels (now taking shape along its southern facade). The building was intended as an extension of the tree canopy of exposition park, with plaza at the center if the site, shielded by the museum structure above.

At street level, gardens designed by Studio MLA have replaced surface parking lots to the south, and created new entry points to Exposition Park. More than 200 trees are being planted within the newly created open space, which will also feature an amphitheater, a hanging garden, and a pedestrian bridge.

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