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avatar jamsessionein
Level 58 : Grandmaster Blacksmith
On my SMP server, the admins are basically members of the Mage's guild; they're 'wizards' in the roleplaying setting, and they farm out their abilities to players as needed. You want a river there? You solicit a mage, and he charges you iConomy to do his thing.

Rather than making us totally accessible 24/7, too, I wanted to keep players 'in' the game world a bit by making them trek to the Mage's guild if they needed something like that. I was playing around with a couple of ideas, but the one that stuck with me the most was some sort of flying lair far above the world.

I made a couple flying islands, and immediately realized that whatever In wanted to build would need the full 128 height... so what I decided to do is to make the mage's guild fly over the void and put it outside the map borders that the players are restricted to. I was thinking I'd probably add some big goddamn chains to the underside of whatever I made, and trail them down from the guild structure to the void below... and then make matching ones on the main world, that anchor into the terrain and climb up all the way into the skybox. While not a primary way for players to reach the Mage's guild, they could conceivably start climbing the chains up - and once they hit the 127 mark, I'd set up an invisible portal to teleport them to the corresponding 'chain' above the void below the guild building. With a little sleight of hand like that, you can fake having the guild flying at a height in excess of 128 over the world.

Anyway, I started working on this thing, and I played with a couple ideas, but one of the images I came across really stuck with me - Laputa, from an anime of the same name.

I've started making a scaled version of this thing that'll fit in 128 height. I've never seen the movie, so I don't know exactly what the inside looks like, or how faithful I'm being to it, but I sort've don't care. I'm gonna do my own thing with it, I think; just using the idea as a base. After making the base structure, I started making these giant root systems from the tree up top - they extend throughout the interior of the structure, and all of the roots link back up to the main tree. The building's interior will basically be designed entirely around these tree roots.

It's a little slow-going because I'm mostly doing this by myself, but I'll try and keep this updated.
Progress100% complete

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Update #3 : 08/07/2011 11:04:06 amAug 7th, 2011

Released a world save for you guys.

Keep in mind that this is not really meant to be explicitly Laputa at this point. It was built to fill a role as a Mage's Guild on my server, which is why the interior of the primary structure's been turned into a library.


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  • Prynga
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 29, 2018, 12:27 pm
Cool, but not like in the movie... it diserves a diamond nevertheless
Love it! Thanks!
This may sound strange, though it is concerning, but when I fell and died I respawned inside the leaves of the giant tree... which was burning, and I have no way of putting it out until the damage was done. I don't even know what started the fire.
  • FireDreft
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 8, 2014, 11:14 am
Hello !

First, I really love your amazing castle !!! ;)
And I've just a little question : Are you agree to give me the map or the shematic only with the big tree ?
I would use the castle and the tree separately to make a singleplayer map.

Thank you in advance !
  • Roflguy953
  • Level 22
  • Expert Taco
  • August 17, 2014, 6:30 pm
This is the most amazing Studio Ghibli build I've seen!

P.S. Do you like big shiny blue objects? :D
  • Vader 2813
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 28, 2013, 10:53 am
You said that it was an SMP server, if it's public I would definitely join. I was wondering if you could post the ip address and server name please.
  • discOtter
  • Level 46
  • Master Giraffe
  • April 19, 2014, 6:14 pm
I'm pretty sure he just means that he used an SMP server, and some of the plugins that you can get on them, to create it. I doubt it's an actual server with other players.
  • Otakujome
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 1, 2013, 2:38 am
hej, can i use this on a server, as we are changing the map for 1.6, we need new spawn, and this is absolutely perfect for the spawn
  • Pure_Water
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • May 18, 2013, 5:09 pm
one thing u REALLY need to fix is where it burns down from the lava, or is that put in?
  • piter13dk
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • May 4, 2013, 12:32 am
Epic map for Skyblock server spawn:]
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • October 25, 2012, 1:04 am
i turnd r map into a svival games thx for map i put it in my link to origanal map
  • matthewmax
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 21, 2012, 12:22 pm
can i use this for my server i would give all the credit to you because u are a amazing builder u have built the most amazing things i have ever seen in minecraft if u let me i would thank u so muck if u say yes plz send me a messege
  • The Artemosky
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Artist
  • October 13, 2012, 7:40 am
  • discOtter
  • Level 46
  • Master Giraffe
  • April 19, 2014, 6:15 pm
You realy shouldn't advertise on other's posts without permission.
  • Nicole101tx
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 23, 2012, 1:11 pm
Could you make this a schematic please?
  • Drakannon
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • September 3, 2012, 12:41 pm
what mods or bukkit plugins did you use
  • Trask_Solo
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 14, 2012, 1:54 pm
What texture pack are you using?
  • Silknog78
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 13, 2012, 6:48 pm
I have a skylands server and I found this map and I was wondering if I could put this on my server via worldedit then link it with a bridge to the big island my server spawn is please write back. p.s. your project
^_^ loved the movie as well as the awesome map!
Really good and detailed, it isnt 100% acurate but i like that :D
100/10 :D
  • Josep97
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 19, 2012, 9:45 am
The anime is actually called Castle in the Sky, and Laputa happens to be that castle. This is probably the best recreation from one of Hayao Miyazaki's films! I love it!
  • Maerokane
  • Level 26
  • Expert Architect
  • July 13, 2012, 1:26 am
nice work. :)
This map is amazind in all but can you please stop the promblem were the tree starts burning from a fire that is somewhere in the castle?
EPIC i loved this movie as a kid :D
  • StephennJF
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Engineer
  • May 15, 2012, 6:01 am
Awesome work jamsessionein!
Would it be ok if I use the surrounding clouds, environment in a little project I am currently working on? I'll be sure to list you down and give you credit for the great work that you have done :)
  • coolo_1
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Geek
  • April 29, 2012, 10:46 pm
Diamonds for you!
Do you mind if I use this as the spawn of my server? It is semi private and I will give you credit.
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • April 30, 2012, 7:46 am
You are welcome to do so.
  • Sadajj
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • April 20, 2012, 4:21 pm
Found this while listening to a song called DJ Satomi - Castle in the Sky ewe this song fits for any castle or giant floating building floating in the sky =u=
  • DracoRailgun
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • April 13, 2012, 8:28 am
This map is AMAZING! Diamonds!!!!!!
butt load of diamonds for u
  • Leafreo
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 6, 2012, 3:20 pm
What texture are you using?
  • Cow Tipper
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • March 14, 2012, 10:42 am
ONG i Love this map! Diamond fo u! :^)
  • olha2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 7, 2012, 8:26 pm
could u please make a schematic of it
could you remake this huge using the full ability of the 1.2.3 update please? If you need help I am willing, Ive already worked on some of the biggest minecraft projects and would love to maybe join you server if it goes well (i know the [size=14px]white-list[/size] has ended)
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • March 7, 2012, 10:57 am
Maybe eventually. Nothing stopping you from having a crack at it yourself, but I've moved on to other projects and while revisiting this one would be fun, I don't have the time required really.
Even thought it isn't 100% accurate.. it is still great.. Perhaps you should watch the movie then re do the inside to make it more exact.. PLEEEEASE??? Ur an awesome builder so i know u can do it..
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • March 4, 2012, 7:49 pm
I don't doubt that the inside could have been made to be more accurate to the Laputa movie, but that wasn't the reason I made this structure - as the description indicates, it's meant to be the home for magic users on my server. I'm more than welcome to let people take a crack at ripping the interior out and remaking it as they please, though.
  • olha2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 7, 2012, 1:54 pm
ur a member of [email protected] right?
May I use some of your builds in a large project I'm updating atm?
  • Kryptic
  • Level 1
  • New Pokemon
  • February 22, 2012, 7:24 am
F***ing creepers!!!
this isn't correct, the biggest crystal was hidden behind a bunch of vines in a field... i looked through the rest of the pics, the under belly should be made of obsidian because in the movie it was indestructible, also, there was a huge garden in the middle, another thing is that there wasn't a giant library near the crystal, but i'm just basing it off the movie, never read the book, this is still pretty damn fucking amazing i'm jealous you fat sack of shit... i'm sorry for being harsh i mean no harm sir...please forgive me
  • drmortifi3r
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Mage
  • November 7, 2011, 2:54 am
well the book was better
  • drmortifi3r
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Mage
  • November 7, 2011, 2:54 am
the movie is awesomeeee
Can you make a schematic save file if its ok..
Is there any way to make it so that the netherrack and lava don't burn it down?
what texture pack are you using :o ?
  • sugus32
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 16, 2011, 11:18 am
"Laputa", in spanish, is the same as "Thebitch"
  • Masone23
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Mage
  • August 18, 2011, 4:52 pm
no, "La perra" means "The bitch"
  • sugus32
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 25, 2011, 12:45 am
I'm spanish, I'm sure about that
both of them mean "Thebitch"
  • Mitchamaya
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • September 13, 2011, 7:02 am
I thought it meant, "The whore."
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • October 2, 2011, 2:56 pm
i believe puttana means whore
  • rokudaim3
  • Level 42
  • Master Dragonborn
  • October 10, 2011, 2:44 pm
puttana means whore in italian but in spanish which would be puta means whore, perra means bitch
both of those mean bitch
awesome discussion xD
  • TLA88
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • March 24, 2012, 4:30 am
I don't believe it!
  • Amizez
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 13, 2011, 7:50 pm
it keeps burning down due to lava and netherrack in the rooms
  • 098
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 12, 2011, 4:07 pm
I LOVE THIS <3 one of my fav movies this must have taken ages
  • mattloki
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 12, 2011, 10:12 am
does it explode like in the movie?
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • October 11, 2011, 3:16 am
if it did minecraft would crash as blowing THIS up would require a RIDICULOUS amount of tnt or nuke or nova catalyst
  • xMordecai
  • Level 42
  • Master Elf
  • August 11, 2011, 3:37 am
The lava starts a fire and now the whole castle is on fire :(
  • unicornsrock
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • August 9, 2011, 6:39 am
I got my insipiration from the same movie when i watched it so i decided to build the whole thing i finish it and people tell me i need to post it here so i did then it got removed for being really close to this. I was sad. otherwise its really good.
  • thearmy100
  • Level 26
  • Expert Miner
  • August 7, 2011, 9:22 am
looks kool, love that movie gotta say
  • avmf8
  • Level 40
  • Master Geek
  • July 27, 2011, 8:42 pm
I think the center looks good with it all glass. Also ever though of putting a beating heart at the bottom of the tree?
download plz
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • July 22, 2011, 9:20 am
  • Kyle_Crafty
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • July 18, 2011, 8:33 am
I.. loved..this..movie
  • Kyle_Crafty
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • July 18, 2011, 8:37 am
I demand schematic!
  • AhBiip
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 17, 2011, 5:46 pm
OMFG you are crazy good!
  • KeNaju
  • Level 1
  • New Dragonborn
  • July 17, 2011, 3:31 pm
i seriously wanna download this soooo badly!!!!
  • NicBo
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 11, 2011, 7:51 pm
I'm hoping that eventually there is a download, looking forward to exploring this excellent work of art regardless if it is complete or not.
it is soooo cool, im excited that the download is coming out:)
  • perote
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Taco
  • May 31, 2011, 2:59 pm
please put schematic or save when finished,i know that if youre not server owner it might be hard but please put it
  • Gabriel67
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • May 31, 2011, 6:44 am
[size=24px]I'm really excited that it is completed.[/size]
It's really beautiful, good job !!!

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