Is the picture above a scene from the new Star Wars movie? Not quite. Perhaps a graphic from a new Star Wars computer game? Nope, but it could be. These are the renderings from George Lucas’ Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, set to be built on Chicago’s lakefront.
The Star Wars director’s project is costing $300m (£187m) to build and will house Lucas’ $600m personal art collection, plus props from his movies.
Futuristic renderings from Beijing’s MAD Architects and Chicago firm Studio Gang have just been released (below) and include a swooping white design reminiscent of a spaceship. “Its uninterrupted stone surfaces are as primitive as it is futuristic, evoking the great achievements of architectural history,” writes MAD Architects on its website. “More than a building, it is an urban vista for social interaction, bringing people closer to each other and to nature.”
Slated open in 2018, there will be three levels of exhibition space and and an observation deck offering views across the city’s skyline. Visitors will be able to learn about the history moving images, from illustration to futuristic digital inventions.
Disney bought Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise in 2012, giving George Lucas time to focus on new projects like as the upcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Disney’s Star Wars VII is set to be released in 2015, and director J.J. Abrams and his cast (including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver) have been filming the movie in Iceland, Abu Dhabi and England since the beginning of 2014.