Huge news this morning as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the architects for its forthcoming movie museum, which will be housed inside LACMA's old May Company building at Wilshire and Fairfax. And they are: Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali. These picks are not completely unpredictable--Piano master planned the western portion of LACMA's campus (the red-adorned buildings), which abuts the May Company building (although LACMA has indicated that it's going in a different architectural direction) and Pali's Studio Pali Fekete Architects had designed the original May Company building plans that would've turned the building into LACMA West (they've also done restoration work at the Greek Theatre and the Pantages).
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson says in a press release that "Renzo's track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan's success in transforming historically significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies."
The Academy had previously planned to build a movie museum on a block of land at Vine and Homewood in Hollywood; they'd commissioned Christian de Portzamparc to design that building and there were rumors of renderings, but none ever seemed to surface.
· Academy's Movie Museum Ditching Big Hollywood Site, Planning Move Into LACMA's Old May Co. Building [Curbed LA]