A 28,000 m² complex in Los Angeles has been home to Hollywood’s greatest relics since the second half of 2021. It’s about Academy Film Museum, of the famous academy which organizes the Oscars. office project Renzo Piano Workshopthe set combines two buildings.
The former, a landmark in the architecture town called Saban Building, from 1939, was once a department store. This time it has undergone a delicate restoration, with the right to import gold-plated tiles, the same as the originals, directly from the traditional Venetian manufacturer Orsoni. On one of the facades, the closing with glazed panels enhances the view of the valleys and mountains of the environment and allows pedestrians to also have access to parts of the contents inside the building.
Crossing a few bridges, you come to the Sphere, a towering glass and metal globe that resembles sci-fi scenarios and adventures through space. THE intention by the Italian Renzo Piano, who has already revealed his desire to have been a filmmaker, was precisely to promote this travel temporal, just like movies do – an escape from reality.
The visitor is transported from the past, from the golden age Hollywoodto the future, an industry technological and very productive. It is not only this contrast that the office offers in the project. At various points, plays of shadow and light give the visitor the sensation of expansion and contraction, emotions also felt when looking at a film.
A outdoor space includes squares with magnolias and karo bushes, native to New Zealand, as well as Californian Mexican palms and jacarandas, typical of Los Angeles – a landscaping Robert Irwin International.
At a total cost of $482 million, the museum seven stories high a thousand-seat amphitheater, a library, a historical collection, and a restaurant run by chef Wolfgang Puck, named Fanny’s in honor of Barbra Streisand’s character in Funny Girl.
A program includes temporary exhibitions reminiscent of classics and professionals in the field, while the permanent exhibition explores the technological evolution of the film industry and the collection of treasures such as Dorothy’s red shoes, worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Ozand a scale model of the ship from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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