It's been more than a month since "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hit theatres, reinvigorating the globe's infatuation with the galaxy far, far away, including those of us at Locker.
While the story of Luke, Leia and Han is what made us fall in love with the universe, "Star Wars" has also engaged us with spectacle. The locations, creatures and lore are incredibly interesting, serving as artistic, under-the-radar interpretations of our own world.
In many ways, "Star Wars" can be a source of inspiration for architects throughout Australia. Using custom metal facades and other such products, these professionals can draw on aspects from the world's signature buildings, five of which are listed below.
1. Jabba's Palace
If there's one building that complemented its surroundings very well, it'd be Jabba's Palace. Thick and imposing just like the crime lord himself, the location consists of three cylindrical structures, made of "sandblasted metal and pitted stone" as noted by StarWars.com. Much of the facility is window-less, looking more like a fortress or prison than a palace.
Although it's not the most spectacular building in the "Star Wars" universe, it is a good example of a structure that works with the region, utilising the natural landscape to provide a domineering view as well as protection.
2. The Jedi Temple
What better place from which to draw inspiration than the Jedi Temple? Five spires top a pyramidal base, giving it an air of resilience and solidity characteristic of the Jedi Order.
One of the temple's standout features is its stone composition: Any metallic architectural products built into the structure are supplementary, providing highlights to the building's stonework. It's a reminder to architects that using perforated metal facades to make a stone building pop out can be done tastefully.
3. Bright Tree Village
You probably know it better as the Ewok Village. Wooden walkways and thatch-roofed huts are built around a tree canopy, enabling the furry little creatures to perambulate among the branches with ease and defend themselves from creatures that would like to make a meal of them.
As Australia has more than 500 national parks, according to the Commonwealth government, architects assigned to developing visitor centres and other such facilities should regard Bright Tree Village's cohesion with the environment. It's not as imposing as Jabba's Palace, and preserves the integrity of the local flora.
4. Cloud City
Located on the planet of Bespin, Cloud City is reminiscent of a flying saucer but upholds the character of an industrious (yet clean) metropolis. The architecture and massive base of the city deliver themes of productivity and enterprise.
One of our signature products, Atmosphere, can help architects emulate the same personality. Providing shading to glass primary facades, the solution delivers a sense of ingenuity, as if a building's inhabits have a focus on innovation.
5. Senate Rotunda
Another circular building in the "Star Wars" universe, the Senate Rotunda has the appearance of a squat, metal mushroom. The central base is lined with rectangular columns, providing open-air entryways that allow members of the Galactic Republic to convene at the facility's massive lobby from any direction.
At first glance, you'd probably overlook the circular entryway, but it's an interesting decision from an architectural standpoint. The porous base provides an atmosphere of freedom, enabling visitors to come and go as they please.
There are a lot of cool design concepts embedded throughout the Star Wars universe. As architectural product developers, it's interesting to recognise how the series' artists chose to establish environments that delivered specific forms and functions.