Aedas just completed construction on Lucasfilm's new headquarters in Singapore - and it looks like a giant glass sandcrawler! Designed by Andrew Bromberg, the building will function as the headquarters of The Walt Disney Company in Southeast Asia and will provide an optimal work space for the animation teams of Lucasfilm Singapore.
Dubbed The Sandcrawler (after the huge mobile treaded fortresses used by Jawas in the famous film franchise), the building is clad in a state-of-the-art multi-layered glass façade which allows natural light to penetrate the interior while limiting solar heat gain. A layer of low-iron glass is placed atop a metallic-frit dot layer – this makes the building appear chromed from the outside while providing enough transparency for optimized daylighting.
The curved volume shelters a large garden courtyard overgrown in lush vegetation which creates an exotic atmosphere fitting for the creative studio. The dense foliage animates the glass exterior and creates a semi-public space that almost looks like a film set. In order to create a higher level of privacy, the building has been raised off the ground.
Photos by Paul Warchol