Many of us, long before we even knew about architecture dreamed about a fantastic world in a galaxy far far away. Nowadays, Star Wars continue to surprise people all around the world, and we can now see the movie with a different eye. Perhaps, the architect’s eye.
5. ARTISANAL DWELLINGS, TATOOINE. Home to Luke Skywalker, the two-sunned desert planet is known for its charming domed adobe buildings, reminiscent of Berber granaries of Tunisia such as the Ksar Ouled Soltane (pictured)
9. SENATE BUILDING, CORUSCANT. More than two kilometres wide, this seat of power looms over its subjects. Sited at the end of the Avenue of Core Founders, it holds the Grand Convocation Chamber, a vast auditorium that contains 1024 floating repulsorpods, one for each senator (extensive refurbishment followed a duel between Chancellor Palpatine and Jedi Grand Master Yoda). Noted similarities with Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi.
10. CLOUD CITY, BESPIN. The simple and elegant 16-kilometre wide Cloud City sits high above the planet Bespin. Proprietor Lando Calrissian oversees a well-appointed luxury resort district on its upper levels, complete with hotels and casinos. Echoes of the saucer-shaped structure can be seen on Earth in John Lautner’s Chemosphere House.
2. JABBA THE HUTT'S PALACE, TATOOINE. This monumental structure in stone and metal is composed of three cylindrical towers; located at the fringe of the Northern Dune Sea on the planet of Tatooine, it was originally built as a monastery by the B’omarr Monks. The palace’s hulking mass dominates the surroundings and is home to torture chambers, droid pool, storage area for frozen enemies and Rancor pit. Not universally admired, C3P0 commented: ‘That is scarcely what I would call a palace, Artoo. It looks more like an iron foundry’.
1. THE SECOND DEATH STAR. A pleasing return to Classical symmetry, the Death Star was the run-away winner. Despite rumours of construction over-runs and structural weakness, this menacing spherical chunk of Brutalist infrastructure has made its impression on a architects from Wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Ledoux_Haus_des_Gaertners_Chaux_Projekt_1789.jpg&imgrefurl=http://commons.Wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ledoux_Haus_des_Gaertners_Chaux_Projekt_1789.jpg&h=462&w=702&sz=96&tbnid=5_GscArXjJPMxM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=140&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dledoux&hl=en&usg=__bBczk8P62ZcDWmEM98FAyXmjVug=&ei=vXM2St2JOIqUjAen-rihCg&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=4&ct=image' >Ledoux and Boullee to Heerim Architects’ lunar hotel.
8. SANDCRAWLER, TATOOINE. Not quite a building, but the monumental quality of its form and its polygonal facades lend this Jawa Sandcrawler a building-like presence. These large treaded vehicles have inspired buildings from a Tunisian hotel to Rem Koolhaas’ Casa de Musica in Porto (both pictured above).
4. CORUSCANT, THE WHOLE THING. Like adding New York to Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, then squaring the result. The capital of the Old Republic takes urban sprawl to the extreme and realises the vision of Greek City planner Constantinos Doxiadis of an ecumeonpolis: a single city that covers the whole of a planet. The ‘New Architecture’ style common to the Senate Area of Coruscant is characterised by Manhattan-like skyscrapers nestled among blade-thin obelisks that resemble the soaring minarets of Cairo.
3. JEDI TEMPLE, CORUSCANT. The temple’s exterior form adapts the robust typology of Mayan temples, with durasteel cladding specified for the external stone walls for improved defensive strength. Over a kilometre in height, the ziggurat is built above a Force-nexus and has ample room for training facilities, accommodation and the Jedi Archive. The temple has five towers, the tallest called the Tranquillity Spire which has similarities to the minarets which surround the Ahghia Sophia in Istanbul.
7. BRIGHT TREE VILLAGE, ENDOR. Bright Tree Village is an exemplar of sustainable, low-tech development. This Ewok settlement on the forest moon of Endor follows the traditional pattern: thatched-roof huts are arranged on the main branches of a tree around the chief’s hut on the trunk. Rated BREEAM Excellent, the development - by architect Wicket W Warrick - makes use of locally sourced materials, is carbon-neutral and far exceeds Endor’s notoriously strict building regulations.
6. ECHO BASE, HOTH. It took the Alliance Corps of Engineers, under Major Kem Monnon, two years to fashion Echo Base from the natural ice caverns below the frozen surface of Hoth. The result is a impressive both technically and aesthetically - a vast igloo as if fashioned by Piranesi. Alongside medical facilities a command centre and a large hangar, this eerily peaceful base includes perimeter defense trenches and v-150 Planet Defender ion cannon.