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#56395
Modern Palaces II 6 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to take some pictures of actual palaces. Now that some time has passed, I would like to share those pictures just to show what they looked like.

Please, no politics. I really want this to be about the architecture.

The Victory Over America Palace was still under construction in 2003, and was damaged in the bombardment of Baghdad. It was built behind the Victory Over Iran Palace, which it dwarfed in size and grandeur.


In this first picture, you can see VOI snugged up to the back of VOA. (On the left.)


VOA is on an island in the middle of one of a cluster of man-made lakes connected by canals.









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#56400
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
ok, so that would require at least 24 castle windows, and a bunch of columns (i think we need to be in the other thread about buying columns in bulk...) but it should definitely be doable...

who would inhabit this palace?

- a noble whose daughter is missing (inside job? court intrigue? a chance for the bard to shine?)

- a demon lord who has claimed it as his own

- evil necromancer and his army of minions


oh, this could be a LOT of fun
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#56406
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
If I remember correctly, VOA was going to have 60-odd guest rooms.














Note the ramp leading to the covered entry/receiving area.

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#56411
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Focusing on the far exterior corners of the palace.


Finished, there would have been four half-columns set into the wall, against framed, smooth places on the textured wall.




Detail of the tops of the columns.


Detail of the bottoms of the columns.


An inward curve beyond the corner. There are three layers -- the framework, the finished tiles, and a third outer layer. When the interiors were in progress, finished marble floors were covered with a layer of concrete while construction on upper floors continued; when everything was done, the concrete was chipped away. I think this is a similar concept, a protective layer to cover and hold the finished work in place while construction continued above.

From a roleplaying standpoint, a DM might conceal carvings or mosaic behind a layer of plaster. Clues or treasure might be hidden, requiring players to find and carefully uncover them.


Detail of the framework.


And the opposite far corner.
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#56435
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
A few random exterior details, before moving to an actual entrance.


Arched windows off an enclosed balcony.


Two levels of balconies on a curved exterior wall.


Same curved wall, with a view of the ruined crane. Heck of a thing, up close, as New Yorkers can attest.


This is the seam between VOA (on the right) and VOI (on the left). Some people claimed there were doors leading between the two palaces, but I never got deep enough into VOA to find out.


A door, window, and future window/balcony behind one of the far corners of the palace.


A view from the Mother-in-Law's Residence, which was actually in the lake. Again, VOA is the taller, incomplete structure to the left, and VOI is in front to the right.
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#57173
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  

The columns outside the main entrance, front and center.


And closer up. These, being modern construction, are concrete cores with stone cladding. The oblong column at the right would have had a frame of some sort -- no idea what would have gone there, maybe a different kind of stone, maybe a picture or mosaic.


The main entrance. Well, the center entrance anyway. It would probably only have been used by the head of state. See how the stonework is tiles on a metal frame.


The doorway. classic arch at the top.


Closer on the doorway. See the hanging trim on the right. In ancient architecture, that can't happen, because the stonework is stacked, not held together with wire and rebar. Also, the arch holds up the stones above it, and the weight of those stones hold the arch in place.


And the entry hall, with a balcony all the way around. The columns are wrapped in plastic.
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#57174
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  
And another of the main entry hall. The spots on this one are caused by the flash reflecting off of marble dust in the air. That many years after the explosions, it was still settling. Very bad for you, by the way -- don't inhale that crap.
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#57175
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  
On either side of the main entrance, there was a larger round lobby.


From the main entry, hang a left.


A big round room, with convenient wooden and chainlink barrier.


There is an arcade level above each of the secondary entrances.


A big column.


Another identical big column.


And that ring around the top is for ductwork. Lots of ductwork.
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#57177
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  
And on the other side, further along in construction...


This side has different columns, and instead of being a smooth continuous curve it has straight segments.


No, I don't know what it says above the arcade windows.


A wider view of the arcade and ceiling.


A chandelier would have been mounted in the center. A big one, but not an expensive one.


Here is a picture taken from the arcade level, looking down into the lobby. Funny thing, the bottom of the window is at floor level, and the top comes to about waist level. It's designed to provide an easy view of the lobby below. And, coincidentally, a clear field of fire. VOA had multiple features to protect against hostile intruders.


And a shot of the arcade windows taken from an arcade window.
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#57220
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  
And beyond those lobbies, tertiary entrances.


Of all of them, this one looked like it might eventually have been secured against weather (what little there was), maybe with a glass wall.


I never did figure out what the openings in the base of these columns were for. Fireplaces? Air vents? Televisions?
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#57222
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  
The center entrance and the two round lobbies led to an interior receiving area.


You get a lot of arched doorways in this place.


This was a large foyer, with a long room with columns beyond.


The columns were continued (or stacked) on the balcony on the second level.


The back end of the room, with some scaffolding still in place. The doors led deeper into the palace, but there were also gaps in the walls in some doorways that you could step into and walk around.

The rough floor is another example of a finished floor with a layer of concrete to protect it from continuing construction. Probably beautiful expanses of marble or mosaic floor waiting to be uncovered.


Another angle of the back of the room.


The base of one of the columns. A good place to sit down, or to set a small statue or potted plant.


The same column, on the second level. The white-on-green was achieved by covering a core with tiles, not by stone-carving.


And a view of the room from the second level, looking toward the main entrance.
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#57223
Re:Modern Palaces II 6 Months ago  
This staircase. THE staircase. I saw this and immediately thought "Stefan should see this!"


A beautiful, complicated set of stairs leading up to the second level, and the ballroom.


That's a half-circle set of steps, with two curved stairways going out to small landings, then curving back to the center, and a single flight leading back to a spot directly above the half-circle steps.

That arch in the center stands away from the back wall -- there's room there for a guard or two to stand framed in the arch.


Looking down from the top of that upper single flight. Unlike the floors, the stairs are rough because they aren't finished.

The windows behind the stairs (where all the loose bricks are stacked) are actually ventilation shafts, empty spaces built into the structure to allow light and air in.


And looking down from the top of that single flight, a metal gate and bars to secure against attackers.


I know this would be almost impossible to do as modular terrain, but I still hope DF will make curved stairs someday.
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