Renzo Piano’s giant Death Star-lookalike glass globe wins ‘Darth Vader Award’

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Italian architect Renzo Piano’s controversial Academy Museum of Motion Pictures project has recently been awarded the impressive “Darth Vader Award”. Located in Los Angeles, the 75-year-old streamline-moderne May Company building will be renovated and expanded to include the new David Geffen Theatre. The adaptive reuse project will include the construction of an enormous glass and steel sphere, about 140-feet in diameter, right behind the old mall. The bold and extremely unorthodox design, bearing remarkable resemblance with Death Star of the Star Wars Universe, has so far received mixed response from critics. However, for this year’s WUFFIES Awards, Westside Urban Forum has awarded the prestigious “Darth Vader Award” to both Peter Zumthor’s LACMA and Renzo Piano’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures projects.

Renzo Piano's Darth Vader Award

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Via: Curbed

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