Nautical stilism in Serene Tradition / Ritual in Laria's Ninth World | World Anvil

Nautical stilism in Serene


The presence of the large stranded ship was the event that coalesced in the formation of Serene. The ship gave the city many things, starting with its name and a framework on how to build, which emulated the design of the ship itself.   This framework was used in the construction of most, if not all, buildings that are older than 100 years old. When the the Unification War was lost and the royals arrived to the city, they brought their own way of building, which they considered superior and imposed on any new building from that point on.   Some more modern buildings still have some elements of this framework on them, with the most common being the round windows. However, adding too many of them could result in hefty fines, so this framework is mostly abandoned.  

Design framework

This design framework includes a few key elements:
  • The central structure is normally constructed out of unused separators brought from the ship, joined together using wood in a square or rectangular fashion.
  • The floor is made of dry mud, and mortar is used where the metal walls are inserted while it is still fresh, allowing it to dry and ensuring the metal will stay in place.
  • In the direction that receives the higher amount of sun, a special kind of separators is used. They are unique because they allow the light to go through them without revealing what's inside.
  • The ceiling is sloped to help guide the rain towards the floor. It is made of wood beams meticulously assembled in a grid pattern, with several thatch layers on top, carefully placed on each other to create a dense and insulating roof. This roof is attached with an intermediary wood layer attaching the metal walls to the wood beams that form the structure of the roof.
  • Windows are normally located in the connectors to the ceiling and are small and round.
  • The interior doesn't have fixed walls, just beams to help support the ceiling. These beams are also used in conjunction with rails patterned in the dry mud floor to situate mobile walls. These walls are light and made of bamboo. They can be placed or removed from the rails depending on the circumstances of the family or families living in the house.
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