Designs of Public Rooms on Gigantic


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Matt Endacott

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Does anyone have any other photos or sketches depicting 1st Class Public Rooms aboard the "Gigantic" as they were to be if war had not broken out?
I already have one of the Grand Staircase & Dining Room.

Regards,
matt
 

Remco Hillen

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Hello Matt,

I assume that you mean Artist Impressions from the RMS Britannic, instead of the Gigantic. If the war hadn't broken out, she would still have been named Britannic.
I can't seem to locate the orderform from the Museum with a list of them; but from the top of my head the following rooms were depicted: Grand Staircase, Lounge, Smoke Room, Restaurant, Restaurant Reception Room and the Swimming Pool.
The impression of the Swimming pool can be found here: http://www.hospitalshipbritannic.com/rms_fdeck.htm

Regards,
Remco
 
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Matt Endacott

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Thanks,
It a shame the Britannic was put into the war.
She would have certainly been more luxurious than her sisters Olympic & Titanic.
 

Steve Olguin

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Hey all. I am currently working on a 3D rendering of the "Winter Garden" discussed on hospitalshipbritannic.com.
There are still some things I need to work on, such as the windows, furniture, ceiling, etc...

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Steve Olguin

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This would be one of the first class passageways. Only thing that is perfected are the walls, but one side needs to have the design flopped to look correct. Now this is all done on assumption and I am fairly certain this flooring pattern would not have been used on RMS Britannic.

Much will be added later.
 
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Steve,

I'm no expert on Britannic's interiors which is why I've kept quiet, but assuming that some of Britannic's interiors were the same as Olympic's (at least style-wise), I would suggest that the floors in the 1st class corridor were layed with the blue and green tiles that had the octagonal/hexagonal(?) shape in the middle, with a 'diamond' in the corner of every tile. You can find pictures of these from the Sep 2004 auction of Olympic's fittings from the paint factory, some pictures can be found in one of the threads on this web site.

As for the grand staircase paneling, that smaller lower panel was only under the windows, otherwise the panel was complete floor to ceiling, as is seen in photos of Olympic's staircase, and indeed on the illustration of Britannic's staircase.

Regards,

Daniel.
 

Steve Olguin

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Hello Daniel,

Thank you very much for your input. The tile pattern has been changed. Did I get the coloring correct? This is a fast render, so much of the detail is lost.

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Any other suggestions are appreciated, as I respect your authority on the matter greatly as you are very knowledgeable on the matter.
 
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Steve,

I can't see too much detail on the floor because it has so much shine on it! :) The octagonal and diamond shapes were an aqua green, while the main area of the tile was more blue, there was a slight distinction between the two colours which is not readily evident in the render. However as you said it is only a rough render. Also along the perimeter of the paneling was a border, much like the border in the grand staircase (but it was the aqua green colour).

The paneling was white, with a larger upper panel, a thin middle panel and a slightly larger lower panel. Between each 'field' of panels was a plain pillar.

Best Regards,

Daniel.
 

Steve Olguin

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Daniel,
In the photo posted in the Auction thread, it appeared that the colors looked reversed of what you describe. >>>The octagonal and diamond shapes were an aqua green, while the main area of the tile was more blue<<< Or is this just because of the photos resolution and the age of it. The paneling depicted was only used because it was the only design I had to use at the time. All of your suggestions will be included in the next render, including new paneling, except I want to make it a different color other than white just to show a change in the new ship, call it artistic licensee I guess. Would the paneling be similar to that of the gym?

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Steve,

Ok I think it's time for me to get some sleep! Sorry about the tile colour confusion. I got the colours right but in reverse - as you said. I was working from memory. Also that seam that you have running through all the tiles would not have been there. The outer tiles (nearer to the paneling) only had half a tile running on either side (and thus half an octagon) and I guess when the tiles were sold in 1935, they were layed over a full floor and the tiles were joined to cover a large area, rather than the 5ft 4in corridors they originally covered. The tiles themselves were 12in wide with an octagon in the middle and no seam.

The 1st class corridor paneling was like the Gym's, now that you pointed it out, only all white, and without the fancy scroll capital on the columns. Also, those cornices shown in the auction lots with the brass/gilt swags were the cornices from these corridors. They were all white with the swags gilt. I don't know how much artistic lisence you should apply to your models, considering you're representing something that has never been seen before. But it is your work after all, and you're doing a good job of it. The corridor lamps were the 7.5in cut crystal lamps also seen among the auction lots.

White was used extensively throughout the ships and it might seem boring, but it was the best way to provide the optimum lightness especially in interior sections where natural light was not readily accessible - such as in the two main B and C deck corridors.

Regards,

Daniel.
 
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Hi Luke,

Out of interest, what's your source for depicting a mural on the main staircase landing, rather than a clock?

Best wishes,

Mark.
 
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Luke Mack

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Hi Mark

I don't have a Source its just my theory....since there is a clock above the door of the organ across the staircase I thought a mural was a good option for the space where honor and glory was on the other two ships. I also took a cue from Aquitania, France(1912) and imperator, all of there staircases featured a mural or painting.
 
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Hi Luke,

That's fair enough, it does look good as a mural. I just wondered if you'd come across something new. It is a bit of a mystery -- on the one hand there's the small clock near the organ door; but on the other, the whole 'Honour and Glory' panel was really magnificent. I guess either way would look good, and Aquitania's certainly did.

Best wishes,

Mark.
 
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Luke Mack

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People forget that back in 1914 white star was not stuck on 'Honor and Glory'like we are today. it is more than plausible that white star replaced this clock with a new decorative idea....even though it might not have been as beautiful as the first. Look at Brittanic's Smoking room for example.
 

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