After so many years of delays and switch-ups, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's movie museum is finally starting to roll--there's some pretty hot new action today in the form of new renderings/models of the building, which will include the existing 1939 May Company Building at Wilshire and Fairfax and a new glass sphere building that'll house a theater (on Monday it was announced that David Geffen had nabbed naming rights with a $25 million donation). The project is being designed by Renzo Piano, who designed the adjacent western portion of LACMA, and locally-based Zoltan Pali. It'll be 300,000 square feet in total and feature, per a press release:
- More than 30,000 square feet of flexible exhibition galleries
- A 15,000-square-foot landscaped public piazza that will serve as a gathering space for visitors and connect the museum with the LACMA campus
- Special event spaces for groups of up to 1,000 people and a rooftop terrace with views of the Los Angeles basin and Hollywood hills The museum will host moviemaking labs, discussions, seminars, screenings, premieres, and multidisciplinary presentations "by artists, craftspeople and technologists illustrating the creative collaborations behind the movies" It's set to open in 2017 and is currently halfway to its $300-million fundraising goal.
· Academy Movie Museum Will Attach Great Glass Sphere to Old May Company Building [Curbed LA]