In sad but spectacular gossip news, we’ve been informed that Culver City firm SPF:a has been removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ new museum project in Los Angeles. SPF:a principal Zoltan Pali had been working with Renzo Piano on the project since 2012.
Cross section of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as seen from Fairfax Avenue. (Courtesy Academy Museum)
The design for what is now called the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures includes a renovation of AC Martin’s Streamline Moderne May Company Building (1939) on Wilshire and Fairfax avenues and a new 140-foot-diameter glass and steel globe sited behind the existing building, which would contain, among other things, a 1,000-seat theater.
The Academy has declined to comment on the matter, and AN has so far been unable to reach SPF:a. After first receiving the commission, Pali told AN, “It is a full collaboration in every aspect. We work together very well. I love working with Renzo.”Expansive views of Los Angeles will be seen from the Academy Museum of Motion Picture’s Rooftop Terrace. (Courtesy Academy Museum) Cross section of the Academy Museum Premiere Theater, with a public entrance from the mezzanine level, and the Academy Museum Rooftop Terrace. (Courtesy Academy Museum) Rendering of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures lobby. (Courtesy Academy Museum) Cross section of the Demonstration Stage, with seating and standing room on the sub-level and a ceiling that rises to the full height of the lobby. (Courtesy Academy Museum)