The practice of MAD Architects was commissioned to design the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the waterfront of Chicago and the overall project was created with the collaboration of the local firms Studio Gang and VOA Associates.
The structure appears as an artificial mountain into the urban setting to create a sloping exterior with a green park surrounding it. There are three floors where you find the exhibition spaces with a looping layout and an elevated disk at the peak to give access to a 360 degree observation deck for the city and Lake Michigan.
The unusual structure was created to allow people to interact with it and to explore the space while bringing them together in a setting that is closer to nature. The project is a part of a larger cultural complex along Lake Michigan which includes the Fields Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, the Northerly Island and now the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.