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Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge, by Mattb325.

If you've recently downloaded Harrods http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/31736-harrods/ you may be wanting some additional UK themed Bats to fill the surrounding area.

Fear not; over on nearby Sloane Street, a brutalist monstrosity caught my eye, and so I have brought this into game.

When I look at a building from Google Street View, if at a street level it piques my interest, then I'll usually look at it from either Google Earth or Bing to get a better feel for the model.

It is at this point that I will determine whether I will do a recreation, or adopt a looser approach. Either way, there will always be elements of each building I look at that in my opinion will stay or go when I recreate the building for SC4.

Normally not too many elements of a building get turfed out: those that do are either aligned at an odd angle (rather than the SC4 grid), or are too awkward to be worth my effort. It is rare, however, that a building catches my eye on street level, for me to look at it from above and shake my head with a 'what were they thinking' moment.

Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge is one such building.

It caught my eye because there are so few of these sorts of buildings in SC4; now I'll admit I am not a huge fan of brutalist early 1970's architecture: add the inclement British weather & city smog and you have hulking concrete structures that have gone from a light green-grey to the most dreary shade of dirty grey imaginable. But regardless of your opinion on Brutalism, you have to admit that it at least exudes authority and gravitas.

So it came as some surprise when I saw all of the truly, truly "twee" additions visible from the air....now, with apologies to Mcmansionhell.com and other spoof websites, please see my take on what got the 'cut' from this Bat and why...








Hopefully my UK friends can get a bit of a laugh out of this: you have been through a fair bit in recent months.  :cry:

Now that that's out of the way, the Millenium Hotel is offered as a growable CS§§ building on a 4x4 lot. It is a larger 14 story mid-rise building, which I have made my own adjustments to. It grows on all tilesets and provides 960 CS§§ jobs.



Lot size :                  4 x 4
Growth Stage:         7 (Medium and High Density Zoning)
Bulldoze Cost:         § 780
Capacity Satisfied:  CS§ 3,831, CS§§ 960
Pollution:                  35 (Air)/ 23 (Water)/ 47 (Garbage )
Pollution Radius:     6/7/0
Power Consumed:   77 Mwh
Water Consumed:   923 Gal/Month
Building Style:          Chicago/NY/Houston/Euro (N/A for Ploppable)
Occupant Group:     Commercial Services Building


This download contains TWO model files; one for dark nite users (and other night-time darkening mods, such as Gizmos night-mod) and one for the standard Maxis nite.
You must keep only one file - depending on which version you use. If you are unsure whether you have a night-darkening mod installed, then choose the Maxis night version. Regardless of which file you choose to keep, make sure you DO NOT delete the Lot File!

If you use the dark nite version, you will need a dark nite mod.



This lot does not require external dependencies.


To install, simply unzip the contents of this file into your plugins folder.



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Rule of thumb: If it looks like the entire structure had been chiseled out of a solid block of poured concrete, it might just be brutalism. Love the architecture critique as well, I got some laughs out of it. *:lol:

I like your choice to restrict your recreation to the brutalist core of this structure - now we can at least enjoy clean ugly lines. British or not, pretty much every city needs at least one or two of these monstrosities, so thanks for offering the discerning city-building masochist another superb choice. Time to mercilessly bulldoze some lovely historical buildings to make room for this, har har. *:kitty:

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Ages ago, I started an office building BAT that was shaped remarkably like this one; I even called the model file "coffin office."  Sadly (or not?) my BAT is dead, but you have brought the Millennium to full and vibrant and visceral life...I'm not sure as a piece of architecture if that's a good thing or a bad thing...but as a BAT?  It's swell!  And perfectly belongs in our plugins folders - where it can do the least amount of aesthetic damage to our sims' (and our) souls...

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12 hours ago, T Wrecks said:

Rule of thumb: If it looks like the entire structure had been chiseled out of a solid block of poured concrete, it might just be brutalism.

Fun you mention that, a couple of years ago this piece appeared on the university campus where I study:


Even being a brutalism fan, I cannot stand it. It is too much... nothing! There has been so much boldness and innovation on brutalist designs (to the point the alternative name for the movement is Heroic architecture), that this one --which paradoxically is room to the Innovation Centre-- simply dissapoints. At least is nice on the inside...


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