A real estate company owned by a Singaporean billionaire plans to build a skyscraper in Melbourne, Australia, that will resemble the physique of U.S. entertainer Beyoncé. Regulators have approved plans for the 68-story skyscraper, which architecture firm Elenberg Fraser unveiled Tuesday, according to Vogue.
The firm said on its website that the shape of the Premier Tower was ultimately borrowed from Beyoncé’s “Ghost” video. The 741-foot skyscraper, which will contain 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel, will feature a series of curves and bulges designed to make it structurally efficient.
The Premier Tower will be located in front of one of Melbourne’s biggest railway stations, Southern Cross, meaning those traveling by train will be able to see the building easily. The architecture company has paid homage to the undulating fabric-wrapped bodies of dancers in the singer’s music video. “For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetics – we’re going to trust you’ve seen the music video for Beyoncé’s Ghost,” said the Melbourne-based studio.
The Grammy winner’s revolutionary 2014 self-titled studio album shows Queen Bey, now 33, in a figure-hugging swath of fabric. She is seen flapping the billowing fabric in front of a wind machine. Her curves are on full display as she stretches and strains against the spandex, thus inspiring the design for the Premier Tower.
The pop star has not yet commented on her 68-story tribute, which is currently without a completion date. “Readers are crazy in love with this Beyoncé-inspired skyscraper,” Dezeen magazine captioned a projected image of the skyscraper on Twitter. It follows in the footsteps of MAD's hourglass-shaped skyscrapers in Mississauga, Canada, which were dubbed the “Marilyn Monroe towers” by local residents.
The project has been financed by the Fragrance Group, a real estate company owned by Singaporean billionaire Koh Wee Meng. A 1970s-era building, the Savoy Tavern, is due to be demolished to make way for the tower. It had reopened in 2014 following a 20-year closure.