Star Wars Day: Inside Lucasfilm’s real life Sandcrawler building

In the 39 years since A New Hope was first released, Star Wars has grown to become not just a popular movie franchise but a cultural force in its own right, influencing everything from fashion and art to architecture. While many travel to Tunisia to track down the original Tattoine huts built for Luke Skywalker and his family, though, Lucasfilm went one better in 2014 and built its own real life Jawa Sandcrawler.

The structure, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Architecture, forms the Singapore base for Lucasfilm and Disney. It sits in the Fusionopolis district, taking inspiration from the big screen to house 22,500 square metres of enclosed office and common space – including a 100-seat theatre, state-of-the-art digital production capabilities, underground parking, and retail space at street level.

The building has a special two-part high-performance glass exterior that in addition to its energy conservation qualities, give it a suitably sci-fi, chrome-like appearance.

It officially opened on 16th January 2016 in a ceremony with the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, and Star Wars creator himself George Lucas. The event was marked by the unveiling of a bronze statue of Yoda, by Lawrence Noble, which now permanently resides in the public courtyard of the building. The Jedi Master sculpture links the structure with the other innovative buildings Lucas has built in Northern California.

“This building signifies the possibilities we saw and realized when we initially launched the Singapore unit,” Lucas said at the opening. “The building is everything I hoped it would be.”

For non-Star Wars fans, the design is even more innovative, notes Arch Daily, which says that the metallic lobbies that look like air locks and other features disguised a sophisticated solution to the obstacles of Singapore’s zoning restrictions. Arch Daily also has a range of photos from the architectes, which give you a stunning tour through an out-of-this-world building:

 


Photos: Aedas, Paul Warchol (via Arch Daily) / Lucasfilm.com

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