As my 11 year old self watched the premiere of Space: 1999 in the fall of 1975 in wonder and amazement, little did I realize I would become a lifelong fan from that moment forward. As the episodes played out over the course of that first season, it wasn't just the fantastical stories that drew me into the show; it was also the look and feel of that universe. The alien worlds, the music, the spaceships (oh, those spaceships!) and the amazing Moonbase design itself.
All these years later, I now have the books, comics, soundtracks, Eagle models, and all manner of paraphernalia and collectibles from all around the world - thanks to the shows international distribution and promotion in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Turkey, Philippines, etc.
Over the years, I always felt my room with all of these items should somehow also reflect the show itself as well. But I wasn't really sure how I could accomplish such a thing, so the idea stayed in the back of my mind for years on end, always there, always resurfacing whenever I focused my time on some facet or other of the show.
And then I stumbled upon Catherine Bujold's Sorellarium...
Here was someone that had created the look and feel - not only the structure, but had also incorporated the furnishings; including the amazing Sorella lamp. But beyond all the great photos of the installation, Catherine also included a handy DIY instruction set, depicting the blueprint for the standard 4' x 8' dimensioned panel along with the measures of all the interior panel cutouts.
My tipping point had been reached, I now had a real plan of attack to move forward. I had known the actual set wall panels were fixed-size modular pieces to allow for easy reconfiguration by the set designers, but I had never known the dimensions. I quickly measured my home office and saw it could easily accommodate a number of these panels side-by-side.
But then there was the height of the room. My office has relatively high ceilings at 10' and there would be large gaps above a standard panel. I spent hours looking through images in the Catacombs at all the various rooms in Alpha for a solution. All the Alpha hallways and crew quarters are 8' single-panel height. And many of the specialty rooms, like Nuclear Generating Area or Main Mission, are enormous caverns, 20' or so in height. But eventually I spotted the middle ground - Koenig's Command Office with the sunken pit area used for command conferences. All the walls around the pit are 10' in height - standard 8' panels topped with 2' extensions. I had an in-show solution. I then printed out all the various sized panels onto paper and began rearranging them into multiple different configurations for visualization.
1. Boring, ugly office room demanding improvements. 2. Paper miniature construct to visualize the project.