If these recently released renderings of an alternative design for a lakefront Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have you reaching for the sick bag marked “Oh no, not this argument again,” fret not.
The plans — resembling, depending on your state of mind, either a giant glass mushroom or a massive snow globe — have almost no chance of ever being built.
At least, not in Chicago.
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.
The unusual pedestal design, which effectively places the entire museum on a giant stilt, would have allowed parkland to exist beneath the canopy of the building and enable the museum to “contain eight times the public space it occupies,” OMA boasted in a news release.
While that likely wouldn’t have been enough to sway Friends of the Parks and prevent it from filing suit to prevent lakefront development, Lucas may have missed a public relations angle by instead selecting the controversial tent-style design by Ma Yansong of MAD architects as the winner of his competition. […]