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Tak. A Polynesian Pagoda.

by en7en Posted 18th May 2006 at 7:46 AM - Updated 22nd May 2006 at 5:43 PM by en7en
32 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Tak is a pagoda inspired by a roof style found from the south pacific to south-east asia.

It's my first attempt a thatch-style roof (without custom rooftiles). Although the lot is 3x4, it's a small house, in terms of living space: A single largish room, which you can subdivide a little, but I wouldn't count on housing a big family here. I'd say one impoverished fisherman and his wife. Impoverished by the mortgage, if you ask me: Tak costs $78,148.

I've tried a new technique to try to deal with the unfortunately transparent underside of floor tiles: A grid of low walls used basically as a truss roof. Check it out and tell me what you think.

Tak is part IX of the Shozen series. Check out my profile for the other parts.

* No EP required
* Hack-free
* My Ultimate Architecture Tutorial can be found here
* To run this house on your machine, and to build interior walls, you need to install the Unleveled Walls by Numeror (Praise be his name!) These walls are not a normal install: They don't go into the regular downloads folder. Read Numeror's instructions and do not use Qxpress to install the walls.

* Tak uses Targa's Designer LadderStairs

Let me know how you like it, give me thanks if deserved. And if you really like it, please give it a good rating. But most of all, if you use it in the game, please do post a screenshot or two here. I'd love to see what you do with it.


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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 18th May 2006 at 8:46 AM
Wow.... this is incredible. Congratulations, this is HUGE!!!

Field Researcher
#3 Old 18th May 2006 at 8:49 AM
;o omg it soo pretty thanks so muhc this should be featured
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 18th May 2006 at 9:07 AM
Wow, reminds me of the Minangkabou! (sp?) houses of Indonesia. Nice work, if I had even half the talent you do I would be so happy!

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#5 Old 18th May 2006 at 11:53 AM
I love it. Thank you for great job.

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#6 Old 18th May 2006 at 12:25 PM
There's a reason for defining you "the pagoda guy".
This pagoda seems to be simpler then other your buildings, but very very nice, thank you.
Simpler? I have to correct myself, simpler for you not for me....
And congrats for the featured lot.
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#7 Old 18th May 2006 at 12:29 PM
That's amazing! Great work!
#8 Old 18th May 2006 at 1:30 PM
Wow!This is awesome!Thank you so much

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#9 Old 18th May 2006 at 2:18 PM
Ok I know this wasn't the intention... but I'm sooo using this lot for my Tiki Lounge!
Its awesome!

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#10 Old 18th May 2006 at 3:07 PM
As usual top quality stuff, congrats on the featured lot (it always feels good when its featured) well done again

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#11 Old 18th May 2006 at 3:31 PM
jgwhiteus made "visible ceiling tiles" that should solve your problem with the transparent underside of floor tiles.

I hope this helps!
Lovely building by the way!

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Original Poster
#12 Old 18th May 2006 at 3:39 PM

Indeed. I found out about the visible tiles only after I'd already built Tak. I will probably use them in future projects.

Thanks for the heads-up!

en7en - "that pagoda guy..."
Field Researcher
#13 Old 18th May 2006 at 4:39 PM
Very ingenious. The truss walls are a very clever solution to make the ceiling visible. A beautiful piece of work.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 18th May 2006 at 4:43 PM
Field Researcher
#15 Old 18th May 2006 at 6:13 PM
Your work has always inspried me to try to be better architect. This is just another example of great work.
By the way, I have memorized your great tutorial and ways wondering if there is an advanced version. I have a pagoda in mind, there is just one issue: It's on a foundation. Please tell me how to work around this. Or if its a trade secret, will U take a request?
#16 Old 18th May 2006 at 7:37 PM
Uua. Spectacular the house, I liked this exactly deserves my congratulations and five stars
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#17 Old 18th May 2006 at 7:47 PM
Oh Poodle- Its FABULOUS <3

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#18 Old 18th May 2006 at 7:55 PM
Silus: The beauty of the scaffolding method is that you can build a foundation, surround it with a wall-based scaffolding, and work the same way as in the tutorial. Try it out. It's real easy.

Lee: Thank you, my little poodle-dove. It means a lot coming from you.

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#19 Old 18th May 2006 at 8:07 PM
In patent en7en style, your skill with the architecture is always such a visual treat. Clever use of the low walls, by the way.
Test Subject
#20 Old 18th May 2006 at 8:10 PM
WOW!! It's fantastic! Thanks for sharing it!
#21 Old 19th May 2006 at 5:52 AM
Great, as always ! Thanks. I wonder why your Ultimate Architecture Tutorial isn't available in a dowloadable version (e.g. pdf) here at MTS2 ? It would be nice.
Field Researcher
#22 Old 19th May 2006 at 1:10 PM
Holy... Incredible building. Almost makes me want to drop new Heroes and play Sims. And it's big, believe me - nothing can stand between me and that game.

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#23 Old 19th May 2006 at 6:17 PM
I love it, great work as usual. Thank you for sharing. Peggy
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#24 Old 19th May 2006 at 6:37 PM
Pix: Don't spill the beans! I'm actually working on a PDF version. The next part of the Shozen III release will be the more usable tutorial, AND the tutorial's finished lot itself. Watch for it in a week or two...

Vindi: Thanks! I'm glad you appreciate this use of low walls. I've got some upcoming pagodas that get even more creative with low walls, and the mixed use of both Maxis and bCFE roofs... There's still so much to explore!

Joanne, Peggy, Ragdoll: You're welcome! I aim to please!

en7en - "that pagoda guy..."
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#25 Old 20th May 2006 at 2:35 AM
en7en, every time I see a building by you, I think that you are playing a special version of the Sims You use building techniques that I never imagined would be possible...

As for the transparent ceiling problem, you said you already found a solution; I don't know which one you are referring to, but this thread by Niol is extremely interesting...

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