There Is A Beyoncé-Inspired Skyscraper Being Built In Australia
Beyoncé is many things: performer, icon, wife, mother. Now, her body will be forever immortalized in a skyscraper that Australian firm Elenberg Fraser is designing as the counterpoint for the Central Business District in Melbourne. It is inspired by the video for her song, “Ghost.” Huh. For those who don’t have Beyoncé’s ouevre committed to memory, “Ghost” is the song/video on the visual album that features some almost-spoken word, a thumping beat and arresting visuals of Beyoncé, her talented dancers and a lot of black chiffon.
The similarities are there. There are sinuous curves. There is the illusion of fabric. From certain angles, there are breasts and hips — the suggestion of a woman’s body that maybe happens to also be Beyoncé. From the words of the architects themselves:
This project 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. 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. Art and science? 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.
We have. We see you, Elenberg Fraser. We see that you’re a card-carrying member of the Beyhive. Carry on.