As rendered above, the original design for George Lucas’ proposed Cultural Arts Museum to be built in the Presidio was panned by the Presidio Trust which expressed “significant issues with the proposed building – its massing and height, and its architectural style,” and believed “it should be redesigned to be more compatible with the Presidio.”
This afternoon the Lucas team submitted two new design schemes for consideration.
Scheme one is a “gentler, more welcoming” variation on the original, rising to a height of 61 feet with a simplified facade that’s reduced in scale and ornament (click to enlarge):
An alternative second scheme reduces the museum to one-story and a maximum height of 45 feet but covers 30 percent more of the site for the same 93,000 square foot mass:
With the National Park Service continuing to challenge the appropriateness of the Lucas proposal, regardless of the museum’s design, and seeking a several year deferral of any decision for the site, the Presidio Trust Board is set to meet on January 27 to review the revised proposals for the Mid-Crissy Field site, a meeting which ought to be a rather lively affair.
∙ Lucas Cultural Arts Museum Revised Designs [presidio.gov]