In a galaxy far far away - actually Singapore

George Lucas, the reigning king for Sci-Fi movie buffs, created a galaxy filled with weird and wonderful creatures, planets and sometimes down right strange things. Now LucasFilms, his production company along with Aedas Architects are set to bring a little of the Star Wars galaxy into our reality and the Singapore skyline.

The eight-storey “Sandcrawler” complex is designed to house the regional headquarters and production facility of the world renowned film and entertainment company.

If you are wondering why the building is being referred to as the “Sandcrawler” building it is because the building resembles the real Sandcrawler which was featured in the epic saga in a galaxy far far away as a transport vehicle for a machine scavenging clan which appeared in many of the Star Wars Episodes.

The master planning guidelines for the development are strictly defined, restricting the height envelope and setbacks. Moreover, the guidelines also laid out the minimum amount of mass required on the enclosure.

The design tackled such guidelines, fulfilling the various requirements yet retaining a strong civic identity for the local headquarters.The result is a tapering “horseshoe” floor plan which achieves an average net to gross area efficiency of over 80%. There are planting and green terraces on the exposed wing faces, and the open space is landscaped in a natural & overgrown manner.

The new facility will hold offices for nearly every division of Lucasfilm, including the movie studio itself, video game developer LucasArts, Lucasfilm Animation, and Lucasfilm Television. It’ll also house a 100-seat movie theater for employees.

The ‘Sandcrawler’ is anticipated to complete construction by late 2012.

And the design as already won some awards :
  • 2011 Shortlisted Best Future Commercial Project World Architecture Festival

  • 2011 Winner The International Architecture Award – The Chicago Athenaeum

  • 2011 Best Office Architecture Singapore  International Property Awa

Although we love this design, we have to wonder how much Star Wars one can fit into one lifetime?

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