Nautilus-inspired office space

San Francisco game company Three Rings Design commissioned amazing makers Jillian Northrup and Jeffrey "Toast" McGrew of Because We Can to convert an open studio space into a marvelous immersive environment modeled on the Victorian submarine The Nautilus from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Jillian and Toast's main tool-of-choice is a ShopBot, a computer-controlled router (for cutting, not networking) in their dining room. Wired News is running a photo essay showcasing the office suite.

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From the article:

The offices have an attacking octopus couch, a secret lounge hidden behind a bookcase, captain's quarters and a steampunk bike rack, plus a ton of other Victorian details…

For the Three Rings project, Because We Can referenced Victorian photo books, appearances of The Nautilus in film and, of course, Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. "We didn't want ours to be a direct copy of Disney or League of Extraordinary Gentleman," says McGrew…

Originally, the back wall (seen here) was going to host a mock submarine bridge, but Three Rings didn't want to sacrifice the work space for a nonfunctional design element. "We decided to make a fake ladder and ceiling hatch," explains Northrup. They plan to add a sign reading: "This way to bridge: authorized personnel only."