In the hall of the Centaurs

The Centaurs' Hall
The Centaurs’ Hall – click and image for full size

Ziki Questi posted word that there’s a new build on Verdigris, home of the fabled (and quite lovely) Vintage Village by Oriolus Oliva (a place I last wrote about in July 2013), what’s more, it’s by none other than Haveit Neox, someone whose work in SL I’ve come to really appreciate and enjoy over the last few years.

The Centaurs’ Hall was apparently put together fairly rapidly, the majority of it being put in place in just three days from the start of the month, which is really quite remarkable given the complexity and beauty of the build.

The new build occupies the opposite side of the gorge above which Vintage Village is perched, the great wooden bridge built by Oriolus linking the two. When first viewed, there is something of a similarity between both the Vintage Village and The Centaurs’ Hall. Both occupy hilltop locations bordering the deep gorge which cuts through the region, and both are built out over huge piers rising skyward, their weight cantilevered to a degree: the Vintage Village in a south-north direction, The Centaurs’ Hall along an east-west line.

The Centaurs' Hall
The Centaurs’ Hall

However, that the two are different builds quickly becomes apparent as you cross the amphitheatre that forms the entrance to The Centaurs’ Hall; Haveit’s distinctive style is unmistakable, not only in the architecture, but in the overall harmony of design and use of textures and colour, and the presentation of space.

Inside the arched vaults of the Hall there is much to see, including a reproduction of The Miniature Goal, originally displayed at the Art India Galley exactly a year ago (see my review), and included here on Ziki’s suggestion. Follow the dusty tracks through the upper halls and they well lead you past some of Haveit’s glorious sculptures to the Czardas Greenhouse. While there might not be a lot of floor space available for dancing, this great room with its huge, glass-panelled walls and ceiling, offers plenty of food and drink in keeping with the origins of the name upon which it draws. Beyond the greenhouse, a broad stone terrace, dizzyingly set over the waters at the edge of the region, offers a panoramic view across the gorge to the Vintage Village.

The Centaurs' Hall
The Centaurs’ Hall

This is a quite a magnificent build, one while compliments the vintage village perfectly. Long may both continue together.

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