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Picked upload! House of the Lotus Blossom - NO CC

by Zarathustra Posted 13th May 2016 at 10:51 PM - Updated 31st May 2016 at 5:38 AM by Zarathustra
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Creating something that embraces every stereotype available to it is (for me, anyways) a good way of sounding out what all can be done with various elements in the game. So, naturally, when considering the stereotypical "Eastern" school of design, the first lot that I made was this east-Asian monastery, replete with pagodas, zen gardens, and Koi ponds. Whether you choose to integrate this into a medieval neighborhood, modify it into a hotel or attraction in Takemizu Village, or simply draw your own inspiration from it is entirely up to you.

My standard approach to making my creations stand out without using any custom content is to find interesting ways of combining objects, using build-mode cheats to increase the number of elements I can find room for in a given space. However, with this lot, one of the goals I had was finding a way to still find the "minimal" aesthetic that so often goes along with the stereotypes of Oriental design. This isn't to say that I didn't still use many cheats in my creating this lot, but I did try to steer away from packing it with as many elements as I normally would have done.

You can see this to a certain extent in the central hall under the main pagoda... (probably the closest thing this lot has to a "living room") It's a mostly empty space, with a ring of columns around the edge to give it some definition, a low table, some plants, and a staircase being the only things on the floor. This means plenty of space for your Sims to practice Yoga, Tai Chi, or meditate- whatever strikes their fancy.

The kitchen is rather spare, and you'll notice quickly that there's no oven present. Sims who choose a lifestyle such as this are likely to adopt a fairly spartan diet as well, and vegetarianism is the norm. After all, you don't need an oven to prepare a salad, do you? The dining room is my attempt at making a long, narrow room feel appropriately spare as well, with few decorations but the windows and views they let in.

As far as rooms go, the library and bedrooms are probably the "busiest" ones, just in terms of the number of objects present, but even here, I've tried to keep the clutter to a minimum. The "two" bedrooms over the library are technically all within one room, with a rice-paper screen dividing them. The bedroom in the central pagoda is fairly standard (meaning uncreative- I'd kind of run out of inspiration at that point), and the tea room upstairs returns to a very minimalistic aesthetic.

There is only one "bathroom" on this lot, but it takes up the entire basement area under the library, and includes several tubs, toilets, and a sauna (imagine the lot being situated over some hot springs or other geothermal feature, and it makes more sense). On the far western end of the complex, two small outbuildings house a mirror and a painter's studio, and across the arched bridge is a small room with a mahjong table, rounding out the "interior" spaces of this lot.

The exterior is just as important to the overall feel, however. The "natural" parts of the lot are a forest of bamboo stalks and colorful maple trees, with a small pond partly covered in lush water lilies and streamside growth. A rough path lined with hanging lanterns leads from the road up into the hills, to the front gate of the building itself. In the courtyard, a small vegetable garden is the first thing you'll see, perfect for growing the crops needed to feed the inhabitants of the house, as well as a quiet spot for contemplation, with its bamboo fountain and small eruption of flowers as well.

Following the stepping stones through the courtyard, you'll also see a larger garden surrounding a Koi pond and a small shrine. A word of warning here- in playtesting, I found that while the shrine is fully accessible, Sims sometimes struggle to find a place from which to view the Koi pond or feed the fish within it, though they can do it. A similar situation may confront you with the Zen garden on the western end of the house- it is perfectly accessible as Sims enter it to groom the sand, but upon trying to leave it or meditate around it when groomed, they may wind up getting temporarily stuck- you may want move_objects at the ready, or at least don't have them do it right before they have to head off to work!

As with all my lots, I did playtest this one fairly thoroughly, and while I found a few minor issues (listed above), no major problems were obvious to me. If you find any in your gameplay, let me know so I can try to fix them!

Partly because of my efforts at keeping a fairly minimalist aesthetic throughout the lot, this is comparatively less expensive than many of my similarly-sized lots, costing a measly $418,713. As with everything I upload, no CC was used on this lot, although all EPs are required, as well as all or nearly all SPs.

I think that about covers it for this lot, so without further ado, enjoy!

Lot Size: 5x6
Lot Price (furnished): $418,713

Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
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House of the Lotus

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Top Secret Researcher
#2 Old 14th May 2016 at 12:57 AM
♥♥♥ This, like everything you create, has me sitting here stunned and speechless...WOW!
Test Subject
#3 Old 14th May 2016 at 3:13 AM
Aesthetically pleasing as always. I wanted to visit this lot myself and spend the day in the serene atmosphere. Kudos to you and your incredibly creative eye for detail.
#4 Old 14th May 2016 at 12:12 PM
You've created a true work of art! It's absolutely gorgeous! You've been so meticulous with every little detail; the furnishings, the landscaping, the architecture, it's simply stunning!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 14th May 2016 at 1:37 PM
Really love what you did here, and your description on how and why you developed the layout.
You are an amazing and inspirational builder and I thank you for sharing this with the rest of us!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 14th May 2016 at 9:36 PM
OMG is amazing,good job,good job :)
Test Subject
#7 Old 16th May 2016 at 1:11 PM
This lot is about as stereotypical as you can get with putting as many mismatched Asian themed objects in one place as possible, stereotypical only in the eye of someone who has never seen anything remotely Asian.
I'm not even talking about the point of having sets of swords hanging from pillars in the middle of a 'living room' permanently graced by a Western set of stairs and lamps, Japanese kodomatsu and floor mats and Mainland Asian style pillars and random decor. Random is the key word here.
It's like the creator thought to him/herself: 'maybe I should use this decorative object from Bon Voyage somewhere, but it doesn't look quite in place anywhere on the lot, you know I'll just put two in there so it looks symmetrical and gloss over the fact they didn't belong there in the first place'.

This lot is the equivalent of building an in-game church, filling it with objects from all Abrahamic religions AND Santa Claus, and then uploading it as a 'stereotypical Western monastery' to ModTheSims.

And don't even get me started about the lot supposedly being 'minimalistic', it's about as minimalistic as an Asian brocante shop gets, I'll give it that.

Besides that the lot was a funny addition to the collection of custom lots on ModTheSims and that I can appreciate, I really like the idea of a crazy orientalist hoarder's weeaboo mountain home in my 'hood so I will be sure to download this masterpiece and give it the ironic hipster spotlight it deserves.
#8 Old 16th May 2016 at 3:49 PM
Originally Posted by Wups
stereotypical only in the eye of someone who has never seen anything remotely Asian.

That's what "stereotype" in fact means: the pre-formed opinion a given group of people has about the customs/aesthetics and even behaviour of another group. It doesn't require firsthand contact with or in-depth knowledge of the group the stereotype is about and doesn't need to be factually correct, either. For example if I go for a a stereotypical roadworks site I include beer bottles and lots of tools that look as of they MIGHT in some way beconnected to roadworking, because that's what the general populace expects to be there.
The creator made it clear from the beginning that this was what he wanted to achieve, so I don't see the need for an acidic comment like yours.
Test Subject
#9 Old 16th May 2016 at 9:51 PM
#10 Old 22nd May 2016 at 11:31 PM
The terrain makes the lot so interesting. It's the perfect setting. I know how tedious it is to raise terrain to just the right height, but it was sure worth it for this beautiful lot.
Link Ninja
#11 Old 27th May 2016 at 1:59 AM
HOUSE of the Lotus Blossom? More like 'PALACE' of the Lotus Blossom. It looks so regal and gorgeous. I feel any family that moves in would be royalty.
Test Subject
#12 Old 7th Sep 2016 at 2:14 AM
it's absolutely gorgeous, thank you!
Test Subject
#13 Old 18th Feb 2018 at 6:22 AM
Amazing. So beautiful
Test Subject
#14 Old 25th Mar 2018 at 6:49 PM
Very cool.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 28th May 2018 at 9:30 PM
My, this is just exquisite!!!