In George Lucas’ legendary Star Wars films, Sandcrawlers were large mobile fortresses. In Singapore, the regional headquarters housing Lucasfilm, which has been christened with the same namesake, looks like a fortress indeed. Only this one is made of glass and steel with a lush courtyard in its belly. The only George Lucas property in Asia to date, this mammoth edifice has been designed to comply with the strict master planning guidelines imposed on the site at one-north, an enclave set aside to house Singapore’s R&D, high technology activities in biosciences, information communication and media industries.
It should be said that there is clearly a problem with the master plan of this area. The streets around this building seem devoid of human traffic, with empty pedestrian pathways and unclear directions for vehicular traffic. Most buildings
do not actively engage the street nor does the street seem to particularly care. In the midst of the gated corporate landscape, the Sandcrawler sits wedged between blocks that make it difficult to stand back and enjoy its architectural prowess.