Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Los Angeles
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knippershelbig GmbH
Los Angeles
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Gensler

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures celebrates the artistry and technology of film, and is the world’s premier museum and event space devoted to the Motion Picture.

Totaling 290,000 square feet over six stories, the $380-million (USD) project houses a 1,000-seat theatre, several exhibition galleries and collection storage.

Knippers Helbig developed the structure and glazing system of spherical glazed gridshell structure through all design phases and developed concepts for the four bridges between the dome and the adjacent building.

The 45m diameter dome is a steel grid shell with cable bracing and flat, shingled glass panels on a secondary layer. With an airy and weightless quality, the globe’s structure seems to dissolve into the background.

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