When I began construction of the Space Place, I never envisioned that I would be sharing this unique project with thousands over the internet! Had I known this was going to occur, I would have taken many more photos and notes.
Here’s a small collection of conceptual sketches and photos from the construction of the space place. Keep in mind that I am just a Disney Imagineer wanna-be! This is NOT my primary employment. (However, if you’re with Disney, please consider this my resume!)
The Main Deck (Most photos open, in a new tab, to a larger image when clicked)
I wanted break the ‘sight lines’ of my “standard” 10 x 13 room. I decided that by raising the main deck up 24″, I would have a good start. From there, the ideas flowed nicely. Be sure to notice the “door” in the back left of this photo. When all is said and done, this is the OFF-stage access door to the fiber optic stars and main deck control panels. On the right side, you’ll see the early framework of the sleeping pods. (The colorful ‘tools’ on the steps belong to my children, who often helped their father in the construction.)
I was pleased how the curves of the main deck arches, gave a nice diversion from the typical straight lined architecture. I designed the arches have their own light source. These are accessed by carefully sliding the front ‘panels’ up on tracks built into each arch. It’s my intent to continue the arches down to the main deck. On the back, center of the deck sits a “mystery piece” that was built, but never incorporated into the room.
You’ll notice, I still have the “mystery piece” sitting there, waiting for a final decision.
The Sleeping Pods
The Pods were built so well, that they can support a full grown adult. (Why any adult would climb in one has yet to be determined.) The areas, both above and below the pods, are open and designed for storage.
The center light ‘panel’ between the pods fell together nicely. The nine panels are illuminated by one 48″ fluorescent tube. Originally, this panel was going to use the same LCARS control panel theme seen in the main deck. However, with the Christmas Eve deadline quickly approaching, and 9 LCARS panels that needed to be designed and printed, I took a unique shortcut. In place of the LCARS film, I sandwiched white tissue paper between the twp pieces of Plexiglas, then wrapped a blue plastic gel around the fluorescent light. The effect worked so well, I consider this panel done!
The actual room ceiling for The Space Place, is the exposed floor joists for the room above. When I painted everything BLACK it disappeared “OFF stage”. This allowed me to install the custom made “On-Stage” ceiling.
Designing the ceiling was no small task. I needed to plan for several different lighting effects while allowing ongoing access to the many different compartments.
The center beam carries the same “Red Circle” theme seen in the stairs. These are often illuminated in “red alert” situations. While the three support beams have nine “cool blue” room lights for normal operations.
The Escape Shuttle
Talk about unique, the door to the escape shuttle is, in itself, a work of art. This octagonal opening leads to a future escape pod. (The area under our steps.) This is a very popular play area of the Space Place.
The Space Place ~ Page Links
|Intro & Inspiration|
|Concepts & Construction||<< You are Here|
|Star Field ~ On Stage|
|Star Field ~ Off Stage|
|Control Panels ~ On Stage|
|Control Panels ~ Off Stage|