renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
 
renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
apr 14, 2013

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update

upon realizing the initial goal to collect $100 million USD, the academy of motion picture arts and sciences has announced its plans for the new, and first, ‘academy museum of motion pictures’ in beverly hills, designed by italian architect renzo piano and local architect zoltan pali. the 300,000 square-foot structure will be the result of a revitalization of the historic may company wilshire building in los angeles, restoring the facades which face wilshire and fairfax streets amidst the los angeles county museum of art campus.

 

originally constructed in 1938 and left vacant for the past 20 years, the addition of exhibitions, gallery spaces, screening rooms, an interactive education center and demonstration laboratories will weave the building back into LA’s urban and cultural fabric. the collection will feature over 140,000 films, 10 million photos, 42,000 original film posters, 10,000 production drawings, props, costumes, equipment and behind-the-scenes personal accounts from artist and technical innovators to illustrate the rich history of cinema and its constant development.

 

update: on april 13, 2014, we updated the original article published on october 19th, 2012 with additional images and drawings below to further illustrate the structure.

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
interior illustration of premier theater
image courtesy of the academy

 

 

‘the design for the museum will finally enable this wonderful building to be animated and contribute to the city after sitting empty for so long, I am very inspired by the academy’s name and mission, the idea of the arts and sciences working together to create films. our design will preserve the may company building’s historic public profile while simultaneously signaling that the building is taking on a new life that celebrates both the industry and art form that this city created and gave to the world.‘ — renzo piano

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
rooftop terrace
image courtesy of the academy

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
special events dining room
image courtesy of the academy

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
entrance from the LACMA campus
image courtesy of the academy

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
model

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
site plan

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
floor plan / level 0

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
section

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
section

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update

approach from the street

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
large iconic dome on the backside of the structure

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
the scale and character of the original building is restored, paying homage to the history of film

renzo piano + zoltan pali: academy museum update
entrance

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  • The pre-existing building is the former May Company Department Store.
    Architects were Albert C. Martin & Associates and it was built in 1940.
    The corner ‘cylinder’ is made up of 1″ gold mosaic tiles.
    I do like what appears to be the hand drawn illustrations. Lovely and refreshing.

    Ron Smith
  • The half-built Death Star is a nice touch tough

    AJP
  • The facade with the cylinder is a pre-existing building, part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, he is just working in the back. He has 2 more other buildings in the same museum just by this one, I think that if it gets built will be a great addition to the complex.

    ASR
  • Renzo Piano???????? I can\’t believe it. Tell me it is a bad dream!

    giopezzi
  • the only thing here that\’s the least bit interesting is that these appear to have been hand drawn

    dbkii
  • I like the concept though hard to grasp what is going on in the rear with the non-geodesic sphere thing. Keep us updated…

    mArkW
  • The facade with the cylinder and small windows looks like a mishap from an era in the previous century.

    Airborne
  • Phew, those are some of the worst visualisations I\’ve seen in a long time.

    bill

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