Beyonce-inspired skyscraper from Elenberg Fraser to be built in Melbourne, Australia.

Australia Is Building a Curvy Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncé

Australia Is Building a Curvy Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncé

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
July 7 2015 10:42 AM

Australia Is Building a Curvy Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncé

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The soon-to-be-built Premier Tower at 134 Spencer St. in Melbourne, Australia, by Elenberg Fraser was inspired by Beyoncé’s “Ghost” video.

Photo by Pointilism

Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser has designed a 68-story mixed-use skyscraper in Melbourne whose curvaceous form is inspired by the undulating curves of the fabric-wrapped dancing bodies in Beyoncé’s music video “Ghost.”

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But the silhouette of the future Premier Tower at 134 Spencer St. isn’t purely aesthetic, according to the architects, who write in a project description that although the building’s “spiralling curves recall the twists and turns of a woman dancing in black cloth,” the design is “the culmination of our significant research into how to best work with individual site and climatic constraints, brought together using our new parametric modelling techniques,” according to a press release.

“The complex form—a vertical cantilever—is actually the most effective way to redistribute the building’s mass,” they write, “giving the best results in terms of structural dispersion, frequency oscillation and wind requirements.”

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But enough of that technical stuff.

“Art and science?” the architects ask. “You betcha. For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic – we’re going to trust you’ve seen the music video for Beyoncé’s Ghost,” later adding: “We’re not going to deny that this is one stunning building.”

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.