The Los Angeles City Council has given the green light to plans for the George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art.
The new five-storey museum, designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, will be built in Exposition Park. The museum will house the filmmaker’s art collection and Hollywood memorabilia.
The project is expected to entail an investment of over $1bn, which will be completely funded by the Lucas family.
The project is expected to break ground later in 2017, with opening of the facility expected in 2021. More than a thousand jobs are expected to be created during the project’s construction phase.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said: “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will add another world-class institution to our city’s cultural landscape, and bring a breathtaking architectural jewel to Exposition Park.
“I am proud to have worked with George Lucas and Mellody Hobson to bring this incredible gift to Los Angeles - and I applaud the City Council for voting to approve a gem for South L.A. that will touch the lives of Angelenos and visitors for generations to come.”