Here is my initial concept for the space elevator, I decided to go for a night shot as I think the stars will give a nice balance to the lights on the ground, and because lights are fun.
I plan on probably pulling the camera down toward the ground more to keep the horizon in the lower third as opposed to the centre, which should also give me more room for the elevator to reach further into the sky.
I will also beef up the gate security, I’ve nearly finished building the checkpoints and surrounding gates in 3D, then I will move on to the surrounding midground and the main structure itself.
I have been researching a lot of reference for places like industrial distribution centres and airports, I really think form will follow function on this one, so I want to ground the design in as much reality as I can to push the believability.
I’ll create a big sign at the gates stating what the actual complex is and have a large grid of spotlights around the lift cable shining directly up, as we can’t have aircraft flying into the nano cables.