VOIDED CONCRETE SLABS
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Lucas Museum of narrative art

The Future Is Void-Enabled In California

 

Securing a new treasure from natural hazards will rely on voided slabs.

 

PROJECT VOIDED SLAB ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Earthquake resistant design

  • Large spans with flat soffits

  • Deflection control in combination with post-tensioning

  • 855 cubic yards of concrete displaced

  • Weight reduction: 1,731 tons


The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art - A June 2017 article, published by ArchDaily, describes the vision for this spectacular museum. Designed by MAD Architects and Leslie E. Robertson & Associates (LERA), the museum will house the extensive art and memorabilia collection of director and Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, featuring both paintings by impressionist masters including Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir and items from the Star Wars franchise, such as Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber and Darth Vader's mask.

Nearly one-third of the proposed building’s 290,000 square feet will be dedicated to gallery space, with other program elements including a movie theater, a lecture hall, a library, a restaurant, and several digital classroom spaces spread across five stories. A publicly-accessible green roof terrace will cap the building, while a 2,425-space parking complex will be located beneath. A new 11 acre park will surround the spaceship-like structure, its design referred to by MAD founder Ma Yansong as “a cloud of knowledge for people to explore.”

 
Earthquake Safe  — Structural Engineer Leslie Robertson & Associates (LERA) combined voided concrete slabs and post-tensioning to reduce dead load and thereby minimize the potential impact of earthquakes.

Earthquake Safe — Structural Engineer Leslie Robertson & Associates (LERA) combined voided concrete slabs and post-tensioning to reduce dead load and thereby minimize the potential impact of earthquakes.

 
 
Irregular Spaces  — Voided concrete slabs easily accommodate such unique geometries and help make creations like these more economical.

Irregular Spaces — Voided concrete slabs easily accommodate such unique geometries and help make creations like these more economical.


ARCHITECT:      

  • MAD Architects

  • Stantec

ENGINEER:       

  • Leslie E. Robertson & Associates (LERA)

BUILDERS: 

  • Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company