For those who are too old (over 65) to know what a Sandcrawler is, and/or isn't a Star Wars fan, a Sandcrawler is a mobile fortress that used by the Jawa (not Java on planet Earth, where the natives are called Javanese. Don't get confuse with Japanese, especially when you say it. Try to sound it out yourself. See - i mean, hear - what i mean?).
|Sandcrawler, as spotted in the deserts of Tatooine (in a TV screen near you)|
You don't need to know any of the Star Wars lore, suffice to say that this building is inspired by the Sandcrawler. Instead of a fortress holding the entire Jawa clan, this is an office building holding regional HQ for Lucas Films, The Walt Disney Company, and ESPN (Asia Pacific). Now you know why Sandcrawler.
The building opened in Jan 2014.
From this angle, it certainly looks somewhat like the Sandcrawler in Star Wars.
But from another angle, the Sandcrawler building looks to me more like the Exogorth in Star Wars' Empire Strikes Back.
Below is the angle of the Sandrawler building that conjures up the image of the Exogorth in me with its gaping jaw.
For those who doesn't know what is a Exogorth the giant space slug (are you living in a cave or under a rock?), these should give you some idea.
|Exogorth, the giant space slug with its gaping jaw, trying to catch the Millennium Falcon|
To refresh your memory, this is the video where Hans Solo et al have a very close shave with the Exogorth, and where the doubled-bun (or ear-muffs) Princess Leia thought they were in a cave (she must have been living in a cave, or under a space rock, which is where this space gastropod lived).
|Closeup of that giant jaw|
|If you look at the plan of the Sandcrawler building (in red), doesn't it look more like the Exogorth with its gaping jaw?|
At least it looks like a Pacman, which is a space monster.
You could say that the Sandcrawler building looks like the Star Wars' Sandcrawler in the back and the space slug in the front (it's a bit like the mullet haircut with business in the front and party in the back. Only in the Sandcrawler building, front and back switches places. Well, if it involves eating, it's a party).
Ok, let me take a deep breath and enter the gaping jaw of this space gastropod, or better known as the public courtyard to the architect. There're a lot of dense vegetation in the courtyard (which makes me think that this space gastropod is a herbivore).
Somewhere among the man-made jungle, ponds and streams you will come across a bronze statue of Yoda, aka the Master of Jedi. He makes all my references to Star Wars sounds much less nutty.
|Perhaps, it just my imagination that i find his pose and expression reminds me of Confucius (the Master of Teacher).|
|May the Farts - oops, I mean Force - be with you, readers!|