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The architecture of Star Wars

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, June 18, 2009

For years now we've seen top 10 lists after top 10 lists all relating to Star Wars. Whether it's the top 10 explosions, the top 10 lines, the top 10 aliens, the top 10 vehicles or the top 10 dumbest things about the prequels, almost every conceivable angle for a top 10 Star Wars list has been done. Almost, I said: if you're going to do a list of the top 10 most architecturally magnificent places in the Star Wars galaxy you really should get the professionals to assemble it. And that's precisely what the British-based Architects Journal did.

From Bespin to Tatooine, the architects picked their top interesting looking places in that galaxy so very far, far away and came up with a pretty decent selection (except for the omission of the Sith ruins on Yavin IV...what gives there, British architects?) When a real world building with similar dimensions to the Star Wars construct was known the writer made mention of these interesting parallels, like the Tunisian hotel that looks like a Jawa Sandcrawler in its profile or a hotel in Azerbajan that looks like the Death Star. Did you know that the Tranquility Spire in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant is similar to the minarets which surround the Ahghia Sophia in Istanbul? Of course you did. I wonder if that hotel has a throne room too.

See what Star Wars locations made the Architects Journal's list.

 

 

-Architects Journal.

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