Hopefully to fellow builders in ARK this new serie of posts might trigger some inspiration on how to build, or not to build 🙂
First out, ” The Lodge ” a building near latitude 67, longitude 34, buildt and owned by Xena (Admin).
Goal was a) functionality b) smaller footprint c) safety d) design.
Requirement : Must be able to fit a mix of : 10 Dimorphodons /or/ 2 Carno /or/ 3-4 raptors, all within the building to provide them protection, plus have a landing platform ontop.
Choice of location was to provide overview and security, and at the same time quick access to ” raptor lake ” and nearby areas.
As the cliff does not offer completely flat terrain, the lodge is buildt slightly asymetric to fit the terrain, and footprint is 4 foundations wide, 5 foundations deep.
Seen from the backside of the lodge.
Lodge is rather tall where height is 4 walls tall, which is enough to provide 2 floors if needed. The windowed area ontop is another 2 window frames tall, and function as a parking lot for birds.
This height allows use of a large dino gateway which will let dimorphodons enter easier than a normal door, and also fit larger dinosaurs if needed.
Having the dino gateway sitting on foundation rather than terrain, makes it less likely to bug and get stuck as often happens if placed on uneven ground.
To fit larger dinosaurs like the carno it was necessary to utilize space more efficient. Having just a small or partial 2nd floor is good enough, and the ramp provides quick access.
Lower left corner the lockers is color coded for quick access to the most vital resources. Torches been placed in strategic places to maximize light in the building.
Just behind and left of the carno is a forge, with direct access to lockers.
Opposite angle again. To utilize space to the maximum, the smithy have been placed directly under the ramp.
Upper floor contain a bed for respawn, the basic campfire, couple of preserving bins for storing berries, another for meat. Cooking pot, and a locker. Finally couple of bookshelfs to store those blueprints.
Access to roof by couple of ladders and a trapdoor.
As seen in the second picture alot of window frames has been used. These provides no other function than seal the roof area so pteranodons or argentavis wont walk off the edge of the roof, as the roof function as a landing platform.
Some minor tweaking to interior placement will be done but all in all the functionality is as expected with easy access to everything, easy to get birds or other dinos in and out.