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OMA Releases Images of Alternative Design for Lucas Museum

OMA Releases Images of Alternative Design for Lucas Museum

UPDATE: We've added the video produced for the proposal! (via Brooklyn Digital Foundry)

Following the news last week that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will abandon plans for their Chicago location, OMA has released images of their proposal for the museum, which had been beaten out in the original competition by MAD Architects' Volcano-like entry. OMA’s design attempts to preserve as much of the lakefront park space as possible, lifting the majority of gallery and educational spaces into the air and capping them with a sky garden enclosed within an ETFE envelope. The plan would have offered up to 8 times more public space than the footprint it occupies.

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OMA Releases Images of Alternative Design for Lucas Museum, Courtesy of OMA New York
Courtesy of OMA New York
Courtesy of OMA New York
Courtesy of OMA New York

OMA’s proposal was inspired by its site’s history of sky-reaching structures. During the 1933 World Exposition, it was home to Skyride, an aerial tramway supported by two 628 foot (191 meter) tall towers. Drawing from the ambition of the towers, OMA’s Lucas Museum features cables extending from the building’s peak to the edges and key points within the gallery plate, suspending it in mid-air. The entire structure has been rotated 45 degrees to provide direct lake and downtown views and create clear entries from surrounding pathways.

Courtesy of OMA New York
Courtesy of OMA New York

The core of the museum has been filled with vertical gallery spaces that support the elevated horizontal gallery plate, kept as open as possible for maximum flexibility. On top of the horizontal gallery, the ETFE-enveloped sky garden provides display space for artifacts and serves as a social space that is freely accessible to the public.

The ETFE membrane is fritted so it can be used as a screen for projections from both inside and outside the structure. This allows the building skin to become an interactive part of the museum experience from within, and serve as an outdoor cinema for the park. Theater and lecture halls are included in the tower’s base, allowing for separate entrances to the museum and sky park. The park and gallery levels are accessible by a series of escalators, with an event space and observation deck connected by a elevator bank.

Courtesy of OMA New York
Courtesy of OMA New York

The surrounding park space is designed to be as flexible as possible, which would allow the area to continue serving as a tailgating area for Chicago Bears games at the adjacent Soldier Field. The park could have also become the setting for a range of new public events and activities, framing the building as the backdrop for the city’s cultural loop.

Courtesy of OMA New York
Courtesy of OMA New York

The Lucas Museum is currently searching for sites in California.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Soldier Field Sled Hill, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
  • Partner-in-Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Year

Cite: Patrick Lynch. "OMA Releases Images of Alternative Design for Lucas Museum" 13 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Todd · July 14, 2016

This is more like it!

T · July 14, 2016 02:37 AM

Death Star

hank binkle · July 13, 2016

This is completely aside from the whole design discussion going on... how was the video done? If this is the new bar for presenting architectural concepts (saw something similar for BIG's Beach and Howe Mixed-Use Tower) I'd like to know what we have to do to catch up! And OK... yes it sort of irks me that, on top of everything else we have to master, (waterproofing, codes, color theory, space planning, detailing, 3d modeling, acoustics, etc.) now architecture firms are getting into film production.

BG · July 13, 2016 10:00 PM

IDT the film was made entirely by OMA, kinda like most renderings these days arnt either, but IDK I might be wrong. Great video though don't ya think? Arguably more compelling then the building :/

BG · July 06, 2016

Rem, what happened? OMA aint what it used to be. I guess they'll have to move aside for BIG, since it seems like lately they have been designing better OMA like architecture than OMA

PekmanVino · July 06, 2016

This is so much worse...

willy · July 06, 2016

Don't be a loner, cover your building.
No glove, no building.
If you go into heat, package your concrete.
She won't get sick if you wrap your building.

I'm not very good at this, but you got the point,
now its unseen time.

Romain C · July 05, 2016

For god's Sake, has any of them ever seen Star Wars or any lucasfilm movie? None of the designs I saw had anything to do with it, and what we're looking for here is something iconic.
Disregarding that fact, this particular proposal is poor, really poor

Owens · July 13, 2016 03:15 PM

so it should look like the deathstar right?

golfc · July 05, 2016

Peter Cook's Blow-Out Village, 1966

Taneli000 · July 05, 2016

Probably works quite well in a calm, warm and sunny day.


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Courtesy of OMA New York

OMA 发布了其设计的卢卡斯博物馆替代方案