Friday, September 11, 2015

New Designs for Lucas Museum Expected Soon

It sounds like we will be seeing some new designs for the controversial Lucas Museum that is slated to be on the vacant parking lot just south of Soldier Field (via Chicago Crain's Business):
The museum hasn't been without controversy. It's pushing out a parking lot that has been popular with some Chicago Bears tailgaters. And the initial design by Chinese architect Ma Yansong drew criticism for looking too futuristic. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, though, called it bold. 
The design team went back to the drawing table and is slowly rolling out its design. I hear they'll go public and show renderings to media in coming weeks.

As you may recall the initial round of renderings were released late last year and were met with a ton of criticism.
Original rendering of Lucas Museum that was met with much opposition
While the most vehement opposition came from open space advocates (who feel that the private museum has no place on Chicago's lakefront), potentially the greater risk for the viability of the museum is from the general public who seemed to question the radical design of the structure.

We're in the camp of the latter and as a result are very curious to see these new renderings.  We love bold statements, but hopefully the new renderings feel less invasive to the area.  We shall see....soon.

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