02 December 2016

La Digue du Braek

Now open for exploration is La Digue du Braek, a new creation from Serene Footman and Jade Koltai. Visitors might be struck by the similarity to the expansive feel of Serene's well known sim Furillen (read here), with its contrast of open space and industrial areas, and, like Furillen, La Digue du Braek is modeled on a real life area. It's "inspired by La Digue du Braek, a 7km long road near to Dunkerque, flanked by a beach on one side, and heavy industry on the other — a perfect tension between nature and machine," say Serene and Jade.

The landing point is situated on the north side of the sim, where a long strip of beach provides a few places to relax and take in the view, but it's not an entirely idyllic one — we spy wind turbines off to the west, ruins toward the east, and a fairly gloomy brownish-grey sky that covers everything in a blanket of haze. A road runs along the interior edge of this sandy strip of land, and leads to the southern half of the island.

And it's here on the southern section that we spy industry everywhere: cranes dot the skyline, and refinery tanks and cargo containers fill the cement-covered ground. A large warehouse is delightfully decorated on the inside and includes an impressive assortment of adult furniture. If you enjoy your visit to the beautifully evocative and slightly surreal La Digue du Braek, please consider leaving a contribution toward its continued support.

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