We want to do something with the rivers as Kaunas is at the confluence where the two largest rivers in Lithuania meet. In that drawing the water is almost held together and acts as transportation between the platforms.
The water “bridges” from my earlier concept designs, are almost like the Bifröst in Thor (2011). The Bifröst Bridge is a magic rainbow bridge in Asgard guarded by the warrior Heimdall. It’s a link between all the Nine Realms of the Norse cosmos:
The Bifröst looks like a rainbow trapped in glass which is pretty cool. The bridge idea reminded me of this image:
Kaunas is a catholic city and religion is very important there. Maybe the bridge could be signed with crosses? Or in a Cross shape?
Since my team want to travel down the futuristic route in terms of design, imagine the blue bridge lights in the shape of crosses – merging religion and futurism.
Again In the second Thor movie (The Dark World, 2013), the Dark Elves’ ship almost looks like a giant cross (with the top section missing).
After researching magnetic rocks, we looked at magnetic sand. Can something float on sand? What about magnetic quicksand? Could a city float on this?
It’s all Halo, I mean really, what else happens when you put four Halo fanatics into one team together? We talk about Halo that’s what.
For the central shape we were originally inspired from a drawing from this book:
Here’s some earlier concepts: BLUE RINGS
We decided to keep it simple and use just the sphere. A decision influenced by the Cryptum in Halo and the Traveller in Destiny:
The sphere will also be “cracked” into three parts. This is because the two largest rivers in Lithuania meet in Kaunas and splits the city into three.
Jordan had the idea of having rings orbit the structure like a gyroscope:
Not only will they serve a defensive function but the polarity within the whole structure (that is causing them to move) will in turn create power from kinetic energy for the ship.
We wanted to incorporate Kaunas’ flag into our city somehow. So they are going to be attached to the rings. They will be long (not too long as to get tangled up in the revolving rings) and covered in a mesh that can move as the flags fly. This mesh then – like the rings – converts kinetic energy into power for our floating city.
Sam and I thought about merging Renaissance architecture and Forerunner technology (from the Halo game franchise). The renaissance arrived late to the baltic states. Lithuania architecture had Italian influences from architects such as Bernardino Zanobi de Gianotis, Giovanni Cini and Giovanni Maria Mosca.
Italian influences in Kaunas:
Some classic examples of the architecture style:
We went to the library and found some books on Renaissance architecture in Europe. We took inspiration from a few photos:
Forerunner architecture from the Halo 4 game:
Rosie had an idea for the status of our population. The wealthy and more powerful part of the population will be cryogenically suspended in cryotubes. Unfortunately, there are only enough chambers for the elite…
Some cryogenic chambers
of sorts in films:
The magnetic volcano part of the city was influenced by this scene in Star Trek: Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams):