Architectural duo to reconfigure May Company building into film museum 2

Architecture & Design · Film

Award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali will design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced today.

The new museum will occupy the former May Company building, a beloved Los Angeles icon that sits at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, the dead center of the city. It’s a stellar team. The Italian-born Piano is a genius, a top global architect. Pali’s an L.A. native (we like that) who brings a huge portfolio of arts-related building. 

Piano in 1998 was awarded the Pritzker Prize – architecture’s highest honor – is the founder of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Piano’s significant design accomplishments include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Central St. Giles Court in London, the Kansai International Airport Terminal in Osaka, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the headquarters of The New York Times.

Piano also designed the expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), whose campus will include the upcoming Academy museum.

Pali, a Los Angeles native, is the design principal and co-founder of Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a). He has been lauded for his design of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, for which SPF:a received a Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award and an AIA Los Angeles “Next LA” Award. In addition, Pali is renowned for his Los Angeles-area restorations of the Greek Theatre, the Gibson Amphitheatre, and the Pantages Theatre, the latter earning SPF:a an LABC Award for Historic Preservation. For the firm’s work as the executive architects on the renovation and expansion of the Getty Villa museum, SPF:a received the AIA Los Angeles Presidential Award.

“It is an honor and privilege to work with the Academy in bringing to life a historic, iconic building that I love with the story of motion pictures,” said Pali.

2 thoughts on “Architectural duo to reconfigure May Company building into film museum

  1. Marilyn Klaus May 31,2012 6:02 am

    Albert C. Martin designed both May Co Crenshaw and Fairfax. Samuel Marx, a Chicago store designer, was also involved with Fairfax. Martin mentioned the inspiration for the store was the tail light of a Desoto Automobile — which is not far-fetched, as it is very Streamline in its composition. (As told to me by Martin’s son, architect Davic C. Martin who is married to my sister, Mary Klaus Martin.)

  2. CatM May 30,2012 12:05 pm

    Oh, I am going to have to keep an eye on this, for so many reasons. First, I love it when old buildings survive new owners. To have it turned into a film museum is EVEN BETTER. I wonder what it will hold? Finally, I am going to have to kiss some tookus to wrangle a position here when it finally opens up. What a dream job that would be for me!

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