Death Star Architecture Around the Globe

It’s a case of life imitating art as Death Stars sprout around the globe and the inevitable struggle between competing Galactic Empires will surely annihilate the planet. Rem Koolhaas strikes first with a new scheme for Dubai. It’s like Manhattan…but way more futuristic and in the desert:

Development for Dubai by OMA

The 44-story sphere is actually a “a self-contained three-dimensional urban neighborhood” containing smaller spheres joined together by a series of tubes. As is their nature, OMA seem to be establishing a new intra-office archetype (quick, call the patent office!), as this scheme is not entirely dissimilar from the one they visited with the RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre…

The RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre by OMA

The RAK is a scheme so original, it’s actually Original – as in primoridal. In the architect’s words:

“the sphere and the bar explicitly abandon claims to formal invention or ‘originality’. (The sphere even existed before man itself…) Yet both geometries still continue to feed the architectural imagination: perfectly autonomous shapes, within their bounds the promise of a perfect world.”

Moving on, it’s time to forget about 5-star hotels, because Heerim Architects have designed what appears to be a Death Star Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijain:

A rendering for a proposed hotel in Baku, Azerbaijain by Heerim Architects

The rendering is a bit misleading though, as this isn’t a sphere at all. It’s more of a disk – a Death Palette if you will. Way less terrifying, and way less likely to engineer a complete takeover of the universe. And just for good measure, let’s include the original piece of interstellar architecture that inspired these bold new designs:


Oh, and just so this post isn’t ENTIRELY without academic reference, consider this sentence the obligatory Boullee reference:

Projet de cénotaphe à Isaac Newton by Etienne-Louis Boullée, 1784

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Jimmy Stamp

Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you're looking for writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or instagram or email him at jamestamp@gmail.com

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