Mod­elled on the Palace, a home fit for a film su­per­hero

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SU­PER­HERO movie Black Pan­ther is tak­ing the global cin­ema au­di­ence by storm. Star­ring Lupita Ny­ong’o, Martin Free­man and Daniel Kalu­uya, inset right, it is break­ing box of­fice records in Amer­ica and much of its suc­cess has been at­trib­uted to the in­cred­i­ble set de­sign.

De­spite the lo­ca­tion be­ing a fic­tional African coun­try, the movie’s de­signer Han­nah Beach­ler, inset, says the film’s “Afro­fu­tur­ist” ar­chi­tec­ture, far right, is a blend of the late star­chi­tect Dame Zaha Ha­did’s land­mark de­signs — and Buck­ing­ham Palace. Who knew?

Beach­ler mod­elled Black Pan­ther’s home on the royal res­i­dence and used it to de­ter­mine the scale of the rest of the city. In an in­ter­view with ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign mag­a­zine Dezeen, she says Buck House is the “per­fect size for a palace”.

Mean­while, Ha­did’s sig­na­ture curved walls and plas­ter, metal or wooden ma­te­ri­als in­spired the shapes that we see on the screen.

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