The steel skeleton of the $400-million Academy Museum is now rising at the LACMA campus, as seen in a drone photograph by Lon Snyder.

The project, which is being built by the Academy of Motion PIcture Arts and Sciences, is being carved into the shell of a former May Company department store at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.  The iconic feature of the museum - a glass sphere - is being built immediately north of the historic structure.

Renzo Piano, the Italian architect responsible for some of the most recent expansions of the LACMA campus, is designing the AMPAS Museum.

Expected complete in Spring 2019, the project will create a permanent home for the Academy's collection of films, memorabilia and movie-making artifacts, displayed through a series of galleries and on-site theaters.

Image via AMPAS

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Checking in on the Slow-Moving 1133 Hope Condo Tower

The 28-story tower broke ground in March 2017.

Slowly but surely, the concrete frame of 1133 Hope Street rises in South Park. The 28-story tower, located just east of Metro's Pico Station, will feature 200 residential units above 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses and a parking podium upon completion.  Plans for the mixed-use project dated back to 2005, when the Canadian development firm Amacon initially submitted plans for a 35-story building on the site.