Beijing-based MAD Architects has been tapped to be the principal designer for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art while Chicago's own Studio Gang will design the landscape for the large park that will surround the museum. In addition to the landscape duties, Studio Gang will also design a pedestrian bridge that will connect the Lucas museum to Northerly Island, which is currently undergoing a radical transformation from airstrip into a Jeanne Gang designed lush living museum with multiple ecosystems. The museum is slated to take over 17 acres of parking lots just south of Soldier Field, with much of it becoming green space. Lucas plans to finance the entire project out of pocket, and will also provide an endowment, with a total cost estimated to be somewhere between $700 million - $1 billion. Chicagoans will have to sit tight for a few more months to get a first look at the new museum, as renderings will be released later this year.
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·MAD Architects selected as the principal designer of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art [MAD Architects]