Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will celebrate the artistry and technology of film, becoming the world’s first museum and event space devoted to the Motion Picture. Totaling 290,000 square feet over six stories, the $300-million (USD) project will house a 1,000-seat theatre, several exhibition galleries and collection storage. Knippers Helbig supports the design team as Façade and Structural Engineer for the spherical canopy covering the rooftop terrace. The 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.
Knippers Helbig is also designing three interior stairs made out of glass and steel.