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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures designed by Renzo Piano


Renzo Piano will design for LA the first Academy Museum of Motion, a futuristic project that features the construction of a glass sphere and the renovation of an old 1939 building

 It’s surprising to think that Los Angeles – the home of the U.S film industry – doesn’t have a museum solely dedicated to its homegrown art form. Renzo Piano has been assigned the task of fill this gap. The well-known Genoese architect is working on the realization of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a new structure, destined to become a great museum devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. In addition to the giant glass sphere -the projects signature element- the museum will fill a renovated May Co. building, built in 1938 and used as a department store back then and now in disuse for years. The two buildings will be connected through two air walkways. The museum will open by 2019 and will house a 1,000-seat theater, which will be hosting a range of performances, screenings and premiers. It will present a collection of objects from the moviemaking industry, including drawings, costumes, props and installations. It will feature spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions, workshops and places for entertainment and leisure. On the top floor a terrace will be open to the public with a spectacular view of the city and Hollywood hills.