Inspired by Viking vessels and Swedish archipelago.
The wood cladding of the building reminds me of viking vessels. The issue was how to show the connection between the building, which is obviously standing on shore, and the vessel. My research brought me to the Swedish archipelago, which, in my opinion, perfectly fits my idea.
The biggest challenge for me was modeling and texturing archipelago rocks. It was not easy, I learned new techniques and immediately implemented them to my workflow. I used Zbrush for modeling landscape and textured everything inside of 3dsmax through Bercon Noise.
Thanks Ronen and Tomorrow for providing such a great challenge!