Renzo Piano on his Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: "It may work. We shall see."

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"I cross a bit my fingers,” Renzo Piano told me. “It may work. We shall see.” We were standing inside the concrete shell of the main auditorium of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, an ambitious but troubled project that after a series of delays is expected to open in 2019. [...] Construction workers hammered away all around us, producing a ring of noise that occasionally made it tough to hear Piano, who at 80 speaks more softly than he once did.

LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne dissects Renzo Piano's third Southern California project, the troubled Academy Museum of Motion Pictures which — plagued by delays and controversy — is currently under construction right next to his other two completed buildings, the 2008 Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the 2011 Resnick Pavilion (both for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and both not living up to Piano's expected excellence as a museum designer, Hawthorne writes).

© Renzo Piano Building Workshop / © A.M.P.A.S. / L'Autre Image

Just last month, the Academy released new renderings that document minor updates to the museum plans in the hopes of laying to rest quarrels about the project's flawed design.

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