Guess The Inspiration Behind These Asia-Pacific Buildings

Here’s a clue: One was designed after a certain bootylicious singer

Premier Tower, Melbourne, Australia
12 Aug 2015

Premier Tower, Melbourne, Australia

Australian firm Elenberg Fraser has just won planning approval for this 68-storey building in Melbourne that features a curvaceous form derived from a popstar’s music video. Are you crazy in love with it yet?

The inspiration: Beyonce 

Guangzhou Yuan Building, Guangzhou, China
12 Aug 2015

Guangzhou Yuan Building, Guangzhou, China

Looks like a giant runaway spool of thread, but this work is apparently designed to boost feng shui and attract good fortune.

The inspiration: Money

Cross # Building, Seoul, Korea
12 Aug 2015

Cross # Building, Seoul, Korea

Talk about a connected design. The proposed Cross # Towers in Seoul’s Yongsan International Business District promotes triple the amount of social interaction and “reintroduces the idea of a neighbourhood within the tower complex”.

The inspiration: The social media hashtag

Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India
12 Aug 2015

Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

Designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba, this Bahai House of Worship is known to be one of the most visible examples of biomimicry in contemporary architecture. It looks ultra-modern, but surprise, surprise – was actually completed in 1986.

The inspiration: The lotus flower

Chang Building, Bangkok, Thailand
12 Aug 2015

Chang Building, Bangkok, Thailand

This giant structure in Bangkok honours an animal that Thais revere for helping defend the kingdom early in history. Like its inspiration, it’s huge: There are seven sections that house offices, luxury apartments, a shopping centre, recreation grounds and more.

The inspiration: The elephant

Architects have been known to draw inspiration from some of the wildest sources. Here, a few of our favourite works.

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