Well, had a bit of a lapse in getting to my next post, but here it is. Next to all the fun spacecraft we got to design on Enterprise, we also got to come up with some very fun alien, and in this case Vulcan, architecture. Episode #83 (the Forge) called for a Vulcan High Command building and the United Earth Embassy, both to be located in the same city.
The main idea for what a Vulcan skyline was going to look like came from inspiration drawn from two favorite movies, Conan and Brazil. I had just watched both films and thought that Vulcan skyscrapers could be based on heavy Swords standing on end. I loved the ornate blades that Ron Cobb had drawn for Conan and really liked the idea of mixing his sword concepts with cathedral style long windows, domes, and passenger train cars connecting the blades. Watching Brazil, there is a sequence of folks riding in these little box type trolly cars through the city, and those images stuck as an interesting building idea. After all was drawn and approved, Eden did their magic and really came up with some awesome VFX shots.
For the Earth Embassy, it really had to stand out so it went into a bright white surface color with a lot of cool architectural lighting to punch it out from the sea of red and purple that made up the Vulcan palette. Hard faceted and angular lines would also make for a good contrast against the very curvy organic lines all around the Embassy. This was a very fun episode to work on and sorry, but there were no new ships in this one to show, HAAA!