Thursday 14 Mar 2013
It has inspired a dedicated fan web-site, generations of fancy-dress costumes and countless YouTube tribute videos, and now a building. That’s right, Luna, Elenberg Fraser’s new four storey residential project on Barkly Street, St Kilda, is based on Princess Leia’s infamous ‘dancing girl’ gold bikini, featured in Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
While Luna’s curvaceous form echoes the draping lines of Leia’s usual white robes, the shimmering gold glass and metal mesh materials are matched perfectly with the colours and textures of the gold brassiere. Callum says that “the science of the building is the science of perception”. The metallic skin seems almost intangible, hovering between reality and fantasy – a comment on the tension between the interior and exterior self. How much of ourselves do we reveal; what is introverted and what is extraverted? The kinky scene gave audiences the answer to their poignant question: what is Leia hiding under her robes? How do you retain privacy, keep your lights on and still enjoy the view?
To address privacy, light and visibility issues an operable shutter system was designed, which surrounds the entire building, protecting the interior and housing a series of lights, which offer residents ultimate control over not only what they see, but what others can see of them! Switching the inside lights on reflects the interior of the apartment onto the windows, and people outside can see in, however leaving the outside lights on illuminates the interior, turning the windows transparent, and people outside are prevented from seeing in by the reflection of the lights on the glass. Whether you’re pro-voyeurism or antiexhibitionism, at Luna, you can rest assured that people will only be able to see what you let them!