Academy Museum: New Renderings Revealed

Take a peek inside the large-scale movie museum set to open on the Miracle Mile in 2019.

11 photos
1/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./Images from L'Autre Image
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, "the world's premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking," is currently rising on the Miracle Mile in both the former May Company building and a brand-new sphere imagined by lauded architect Renzo Piano.
2/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./Images from L'Autre Image
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, "the world's premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking," is currently rising on the Miracle Mile in both the former May Company building and a brand-new sphere imagined by lauded architect Renzo Piano.
3/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S.
The 1939 May Company building, a former department store, was renamed the Saban Building. The announcement of the structure's fresh moniker was made on Sept. 27, 2017. The façade of the Streamline Moderne gem was designated a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1992, but the lobby of the new Academy Museum, as seen above, is undergoing a full transformation.
4/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./Images from L'Autre Image
Philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban donated $50 million to the Academy Museum Campaign, the largest gift to date. As of late September 2017, the fundraising for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is "nearly 75%" on the way to its ultimate goal of $388 million.
5/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./Images from L'Autre Image
The museum will feature both "...still and moving images convering the history of motion picture in the United States and throughout the world," as well as a host of items, technology-related artifacts, and works on paper.
6/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./Images from L'Autre Image
The museum will be a play on the landmarks of the past and the architecture of the future. The new sphere to the north of the Saban Building, a Renzo Piano Building Workshop design, will include a 1,000-seat movie theater as well as an upper light-filled terrace.
7/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S.
The entire campus will stand at 300,000 square feet, with "50,000 square feet of gallery space." The sphere theater, pictured here, will be one of two cinemas on the property. The other theater will be a more "intimate" 288-seater.
8/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S.
A look at a Renzo Piano sketch of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Mr. Piano also designed the museum's two immediate neighbors to the east, the Resnick Pavilion and the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
9/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S.
An airy piazza will fill out the alfresco space to the north of the museum.
10/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S.
And atop the sphere? Big views of the Hollywood Hills, and Los Angeles, too. Partially open to the sky, partially covered, the rooftop terrace is a dramatic topper to the museum. Perhaps it will serve as a contemplation spot for visitors to think about all they've seen, for the museum's vast collection includes over "...12 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, 61,000 posters, and 20,000 production and costume design drawings." And 1,600 special collections focus on film legends like Alfred Hitchcock and Katharine Hepburn. As for a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers, perhaps the most famous film artifact of all time? Indeed, they're in collection.
11/11
©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S.
Where will the exhibition spaces go, and the restaurant, and the shop, and all of the components of this far-reaching film wonderland? A cross-section peek inside gives an early look at the layout of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, due at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax in 2019.
Copyright FREEL - NBC Local Media
Contact Us