Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lucas Museum - Chicago Tonight Roundtable

Last night, one day after MAD Architects' Ma Yansong unveiled his conceptual design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Chicago Tonight hosted a panel with Lynn Becker, Peter Exley and Edward Keegan to get some feedback on the design and its next steps. Below is an embed of the 12-minute video, but it can also be watched on WTTW11's website.

With only three renderings made public, and as many reservations as the above trio, I am excited about the design. For one, I like the way it departs from Chicago's two primary conditions – the vertical (skyscraper) and the horizontal (the landscape, the low-rise city around the Loop) – to propose something in-between, something that rises like a mountain and appears to be more landform than building. The coming weeks will certainly be host to more debate on the design, which still needs city approval to move forward.