In Melbourne, Australia, a new skyscraper will mimic the curves of a famous pop star. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is a favorite of ours for her support of vegan foods, and now she’s making headlines for a totally different reason. Her moves have inspired fans at architecture firm Elenberg Fraser to design a 226-meter-high (741-foot-high) skyscraper that resembles her curvtastic form. Specifically, the building will be an homage to the music video for Beyoncé's 2013 hit “Ghost.”
The actual name of the building is the Premiere Tower, located at 134 Spencer Street in downtown Melbourne, which is the second most populated city in Australia after Sydney. Rather than flat or angular exterior walls, the new skyscraper will be composed of a series of waves, bulges, and curves. The designers say this makes the building highly efficient, while also serving as an artistic nod to the fabric-wrapped dancers in Bey’s video.
The curves really aren’t just for show. The building’s design it intended to respond to climate, wind changes, and the particular limitations of the site, according to the architecture firm. “This project is the culmination of our significant research,” said the firm in a statement. “The complex form – a vertical cantilever – is actually the most effective way to redistribute the building’s mass, giving the best results in terms of structural dispersion, frequency oscillation and wind requirements.”
Premiere Tower will rise 68 stories over the west end of the city’s business district. Inside, there will be 660 residential apartments and a 160-room hotel. Because the tower is tall and thin, most units on any upper floor will have a spectacular view of the cityscape below. In renderings of the interior, we can see that the undulating curves of the building have been brought inside, with ceilings and walls that hint at the building’s overall shape.
There’s no word whether her husband, Jay-Z, will inspire any architectural honors like this, but Beyonce’s fans are already asking for a building shaped like her #1 fan: Kanye West.
Images via Fragrance Group, Elenberg Fraser and Pointilism