Starfleet Style Radial & Concentric Corridors
This was my first attempt at Starfleet-styled corridors in the Lightwave 3D Modeler. They were initiated specifically for the Akyazi mesh, but of course they’d work on any starship of the early Star Trek film era with limited adjustments. As such, I would eventually exploit them for use as my interior models inspired by Kevin Riley’s Loknar class Phobos. The spinoff series Star Trek: The Next Generation would also utilize many of the same movie sets for the Enterprise-D, naturally refurbished and updated for the 24th century. The radial corridors were some of the least altered movie era sets used on that series.
One of the great features of those studio sets was how a simple and minor alteration of set dressing in combination with different lighting scenarios was frequently used to simulate different locations on the ship. If we are to assume that other Starfleet vessels of this era were styled as the Enterprise was in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (and evidence for this is seen in seen in several of its sequels), each deck would have it’s own markings or distinct color to distinguish it from other ship’s levels. If you were familiar with a particular ship, you’d probably immediately know what deck you were on the moment the turbolift doors opened.
Radial corridor on E Deck of the USS McCook. leading to a more functionally specialized cargo corridor (link).