Free World - September 15, 2021

Renzo Piano—the 83-year-old architect behind Osaka’s Kansai International Airpor…

Renzo Piano—the 83-year-old architect behind Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, the London skyscraper the Shard and Rome’s Parco della Musica concert hall complex, among other monumental projects—doesn’t do modest proposals. His ambitious plans for the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles may have been the key to finally getting the project done.⁠⁠⁠
“It feels like something that is going to outlive all of us,” says Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix and chair of the museum’s board of trustees, “which is something everyone I’ve talked to involved in this project has had in mind. This wasn’t about anyone’s legacy. It was about the legacy of the business that we’ve created, and we’ve worked in, and has been so good to us—a way to give back.” ⁠⁠
The museum opening, set for September 30, is years behind schedule and was postponed yet again last year when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Now exhibits are weeks away from being installed across the 300,000-square-foot museum.⁠⁠
One piece of the new structure is the David Geffen Theater (funded by a $25 million gift from David Geffen), pictured in the second photo, with a thousand plush red seats inside the orb. The new theater will have projection capabilities for the most historic and cutting-edge types of film, from early-20th-century nitrate to the latest digital laser productions. “This will probably be the best movie theater in the world for a while,” Piano said. A second smaller theater in the Saban Building, named for the late movie theater entrepreneur Ted Mann, has 288 seats.⁠⁠
Read more at the link in our bio.⁠⁠
📷: @stephenkentjohnson for @wsjmag


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