Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is behind London’s Shard skyscraper, will co-design the inaugural Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
The celebrated architect, who partnered Richard Rogers on Paris’s Pompidou Centre, will work with Californian native Zoltan Pali.
Museum chief Dawn Hudson called the collaboration “a perfect marriage”.
The proposed museum, which explores the art of film-making and how movies have evolved, is set to open in 2016.
“Renzo‘s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks, combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies,” said Ms Hudson.
Beverly Hills, CA – Award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali will design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been trying to build a museum dedicated to movies for decades. Now one seems to finally be in the works: The Academy announced this week that they’ve signed on big-name architects and plan to redo a Los Angeles historic landmark.
While the Academy’s search for a suitable location for its first museum ended up stopping close to the group’s roots—they chose the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art Deco building at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue—the hunt for an architect to redesign the space took them first to Culver City, Calif., and then to Italy. They’ve hired local, yet still well known, architect Zoltan Pali and paired him with Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano to help create the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Both men know museums and performing arts venues. Pali has already restored the Greek Theatre, the Gibson Amphitheatre and the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Piano has helped create the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Central St. Giles Court in London, the Menil Collection in Houston and the New York Times headquarters. He knows L.A., too, with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art expansion to his name, a building that sits next door to the Academy’s newfound museum home.
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