As said previously, even though I decided to give up with Olsènes, I promised to post some unfinished pictures. I was thinking that those parts of the city, even if they look like crap, were still deserving to be featured on an update. I also thought this would interest some of you to see how the city was planned.
Thus, I will explain here neighbourhood by neighbourhood what I was planning to do.
ps: please don't mind the bad quality, as I said it's unfinished work
19. OLSENES - UNFINISHED STUFF
1. Central Station and its surroundings
As shown on the 'work in progress' thread, the central station was formerly a passing station, so I didn't like it. I built this Orsay station instead, which I think is one of the best station ever made for this game.
Normally, stations surroundings are often crappy neighbourhoods but here I wanted something different. I wanted a prestigious station surrounded by nice looking surroundings. It's why I built the 'de Ligne Boulevard' a tree-lined avenue with the tramway that ends with the 'Belmont park". I know I don't build enough park in my cities so I wanted a little bit of greenery in the city centre.
I also built an Haussmannian neighbourhood next to the station, called 'Litlle Paris'. Rents are obviously high there. Unfortunately, after trying to finish it and being unable to save each time, I gave up.
On the west side of the station is located the CBD with one railway track going through it. Two other tracks were crossing the river to the south. Then, on the east was supposed to be build some railyards and some train depots next to the tracks. Between the tracks and the river, some low health houses, to make some contrast in comparison with the showy buildings of the CBD.
2. Upper city
This is the upper part of the old city. In the middle was supposed to be the 'Place d'Arme', an important square and transport hub with several tram and metro lines.
There was also supposed to be another important station next to that neighbourhood, just next to an important church.
Nothing special here. It was supposed to be the kind of neighbourhood that grown just outside the city walls before they were removed. It's then a mix of offices and apartments.
The neighbourhood is separated from more suburban areas by an urban tree-lined highway, as you can see on the bottom of the next picture. There were supposed to be the city university there, some commie blocks ans some healthy houses on a hill.
For once, I was 100% happy with my work here.
At first, I didn't plan to build huge skyscrapers in the city but then I changed my mind. For me, they're a way to add some verticality and some modernity into my w2w European cities. I was really proud of that CBD because I thought (and still think) I found here the best combination of buildings who all look great together. It's also not too much and enough at the same time.
5. Etale & Glanes
Here is Etale and Glanes neighbourhoods. The lowest part of Etale is located on the extreme left of the following pictures. There are some buildings from the CBD there. I also added a tramway line running in the middle and a bridge connecting it with the old city. I still had to change some w2w buildings.
Just on the right, below the stadium is located 'Upper Etale'. It was supposed to be built around a square with a small church and a museum. You can also see the railway and the motorway going below the hill with a tunnel. Even though I liked that idea, I was not really satisfied on how both the railway and highway were made on the top of the picture. I indeed didn't like the connection between the two railway lines and the fact it was not possible to make a more curvy motorway.
Finally, on the left: Glanes. This was supposed to be a low residential neighbourhood.
A bit of Hollogne on the left:
6. Mazy-Notre-Dame & Avenue Louise
I've already shown this neighbourhoods with some pictures. That district was supposed to be divided by the 'Avenue Louise', a prestigious avenue between the city centre and the suburbs. This was inspired by the eponymous avenue in Brussels, an avenue surrounded by offices and healthy housing which has become an open sky motorway due to its traffic and the way it was built.
The avenue was supposed to end with a palace surrounded by a healthy neighbourhood, as well as some of the tram lines running in the middle of the avenue.
On the left was also planned an important train station.
7. Yvoir & Mariefontaine
Yvoir (on top of the river) and Mariefontaine (on the bottom) were supposed to be the most industrial neighbourhoods of the city. As you can see on the pictures, there were already some factories built there.
The idea here was to mix industry and low health residential areas like in other industrial European cities (the examples here were Liège or Charleroi). The next picture show that idea: some rail tracks with warehouses, some empty lots, industry next to buildings and some supermarkets replacing closed factories. I also added the Grand Moulins building (the white one on the right) as a symbol of renewal and conversion.
On the other bank, the motorway was supposed to run through the area on an ugly bridge above the industries.
8. Global views
And we finish here with 4 global views of the city:
I hope you enjoyed it even if it was a little bit unusual update
- REPLIES -
@_Michael Thanks a lot!
@tariely Thank you too!
@raynev1 Thanks for the kind words
@Ln X Thank you too! tram is love, tram is live
@kingofsimcity Thank you
@philforhockey51 Thanks! I wish I could add some boats but it doesn't look that great with the LE.
@Akallan Merci beaucoup
@kschmidt Thank you too Yeah right, some of the small Scandinavian houses could make thing of Copenhagen
@Wallibuk Thank you too! Amsterdam or Bruges, it's just for the canal idea. But you're right, with those buildings from my plugin folder, it looks more like Stockholm
@Takingyouthere Thank you! i indeed spend a lot of time trying to find the best place for each building.
@slickbg56 Thank you for those kind words!
@kelistmac Thank you my friend! My inspiration comes from your previous work on Bassen, it always amazed me! The sidewalk is a personalized one. I just took a random texture on google image
@RandyE Thank you too!
@sucram17 Thank you too