Designed by architect Shohei Shigematsu of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice, the striking glass building was a losing entrant in George Lucas' 2014 competition to design his museum.
Now that legal wrangling over the use of the lakefront site between Soldier Field and McCormick Place has prompted Lucas to definitively rule out Chicago as the home of his project, OMA has released the images for Chicagoans to further ponder what might have been. — chicagotribune.com
The much-bedraggled path to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with MAD Architects designing its tent-like expanse, has yet to find its home—facing lawsuits and design criticisms in Chicago, it could move to Waukegan, Illinois, or Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. At least we get to see some juicy rejects in the meantime, like this one from OMA, which Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin concedes "almost makes Jabba the Hutt's palace look OK."
Justifying their top-heavy design, OMA said in a press release that it would create canopied park space, and let the museum "contain eight times the public space it occupies". Perhaps in a galaxy far, far away.
Update (7/13): Brooklyn Digital Foundry put together this video for OMA, presenting their design for the Lucas Museum.
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