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The Marksburg Challenge (Contest Entry)

Discussion in 'UO Homes and Castles' started by Nereus, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. Nereus

    Nereus Adventurer
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Feb 11, 2005
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    The Marksburg Challenge: Design an 18x18 custom UO castle inspired by Earendil's pics from Marksburg. (Original thread.)

    Location: Test Center 1, Malas, 27º 5'N by 9º 21'E
    Architecture: Imposing exterior, welcoming and functional interior.
    Decoration: Passing between interior/exterior spaces triggers change in ambience. (Please visit to experience while available.)

    The front steps lead to two separate parts of the castle. Commercial space is through the gate on the left, and residential areas through the arch on the right. The public punishment platform out front is an actual landmark.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge.jpg

    Gate and Vendor Hall
    The great west road out of Umbra is nearby to the north. Trade goods enter through the gate for sale in the vendor hall.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge - Gate & Vendors.jpg

    Warehouse & Cellar
    Items for storage or deposit go to the warehouse and cellar.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge - Warehouse & Cellar.jpg

    Residents and visitors enter through the front arch and are greeted in the courtyard by the family herald.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge - Courtyard.jpg

    Through the double doors north from the courtyard are the stables for visitors bringing pets.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge - Stables.jpg

    After depositing animals with the resident tamer, the stairs to the west of the courtyard lead to the guest quarters on the 2nd floor.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge - Guestrooms.jpg

    Main Bedroom
    Opposite the guest quarters is the main bedroom situated on a second level landscape.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge Contest Entry - Main Bedroom.jpg

    Great Hall
    Heading back to the main staircase, continue upward and take in the view at the 3rd floor before entering the banquet hall.

    TC1 Marksburg Challenge - Banquet Hall.jpg

    Other Thoughts/Conclusion:

    The small formats for me are more varied to design to fit in with the landscape, and my production shard designs are all small/mid size custom footprints, so this was the perfect opportunity to do something big.
    Using a large format was challenging to break up the "square" look of the 18x18 foundation while keeping to a single structure.
    This design originally started as "9 ways to construct a multi-floor tower spire" before happening upon the "THIS Is A Castle" thread.

    Thanks Earendil for the challenge.
    Val Van Wolf, Evianne, Piotr and 5 others like this.
  2. Eärendil

    Eärendil Legendary Mall Santa
    Stratics Veteran The Squirrel Empire

    Nov 3, 2011
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    Great! Thank you!
  3. Kayhynn

    Kayhynn Certifiable
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend Campaign Supporter

    May 12, 2002
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    Awesome design.