After close to a year’s worth of debate, the City of Chicago has finally approved plans for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Lucas announced in June 2014 that he intended to build his museum in Chicago. That November, MAD Architects unveiled plans for the swooping, plateaued building design, which both evokes architecture from the Space Age and looks like a chunk of lunar topography. The plans ran into controversy soon after, partly because of the futurist design, and partly because the building’s footprint, which would have highjacked space used for parking for Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play.
This September, MAD rolled out revised plans that axed 40 percent of the original museum’s total footprint, and reduced the building’s square footage by 25 percent. It seems to have worked: The Chicago City Council voted in favor of approving zoning for the museum, and the Bears and the Chicago Park District reached a deal over how game-day parking will work. Construction is slated to begin next year. […]