The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, scheduled to open in 2018, released renderings of what the building will look like yesterday, and they gave us déjà vu. Not because they call to mind the spaceship-on-top-of-the-Acropolis monstrosity that is the nearby Soldier Field, but because the museum, designed by Chinese architect Ma Yansong, looks just like Disneyland's Space Mountain. The museum's website calls the design "futuristic," which is exactly how Space Mountain was described when it opened, in 1977 (interestingly, the same year Star Wars came out).
We certainly didn't expect any museum birthed from George Lucas's loins to blend in seamlessly with the landscape, but we did expect it to be original. That said, if Lucas wants to put a roller coaster inside the museum, we wouldn't complain.