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Sub Themed Entry Hallway 01 by rsandberg Sub Themed Entry Hallway 01 by rsandberg
Fixed architectural facade commissioned by a video game developer to improve a very unappealing entry hallway into the reception area of their studio. The submarine porthole theme is represented in their company logo designed by Feng Zhu.

Constructed mostly from Medium Density Fiber Board (MDF) and Baltic Birch plywood, this piece had custom fiberglass ceiling panels, diamond plate textured vinyl flooring and recessed florescent lighting. All electrical was controlled by one switch. Thousands of faux rivets were used.

Featured are two custom fabricated Lexan tanks made with the largest available prefabricated acrylic dome hemispheres for the portholes. Fill with colored water, lit with colored lights and utilized a fish tank filter to make bubbles. These tanks were behind removable panels for maintenance.

Prior to painting, the completed panels were distressed with a grinder and carving tool. The base paint coat was rolled latex. The water based rust faux finish was applied by hand then sealed.

Fabricated as modules offsite in my studio then transported and assembled on site. The flooring was installed by Ken Cooke, the electrical by Mr. Del Castillo. The project took four weeks in 2001.

Photo by Mark Brown
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stonefoot Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Would you care to share your technique on the faux rivets? Totally awesome effect!
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rsandberg Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Thanks! It is just simple birch dowel mushroom heads. You can get them from any working supply or premium lumber yard. I reccomend a Forstner drill bit to make the holes and use of elecrical tape as a depth guide. I made a clamp-on jig/guide for easy and even spacing of the holes out of furnature grade baltic berch plywood.


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stonefoot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Thanks for the info. I've been searching all over the internet, to no avail. All I could think of was upholstery tacks--but those are so much more expensive. Wondered whether the styrofoam packing hemispheres would work for larger rivets. Probably have to be coated with resin or something to stiffen them. . .
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hewsan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Beautiful work - reminds me Jules Verne - and 20,000 leagues...
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rsandberg Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
That was my inspiration. Rember the sub ride at Disneyland...
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Vermin-Star Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional
wow..looks great
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