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Divorce Forcing ‘Trekkies 2′ Fan To Destroy Star Trek Flat January 24, 2012

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If you saw the Star Trek documentary Trekkies 2, then you will remember the guy in the UK who redesigned his flat in 24th century Star Trek style. For the last few years that fan has been trying to sell the flat as is, but has not had any takers and now a divorce is forcing him to rip out the Trek stuff and sell the place as a standard flat. More details below.

 

Star Trek Flat Has To Go

In 1994 UK Star Trek fan Tony Alleyne began a project of redesigning his one-bedroom flat in Hinkley, Leicestershire, UK into a 24th century Star Trek dream home. Doing it all himself (at a cost of over $150,000), he saw the project as a showcase for his new company 24th Century Design. He was even featured in the 2004 documentary Trekkies 2. But now Alleyne is being forced to tear all his hard work down.


Tony Alleyne in his Star Trek flat

For the last few years Alleyne has been trying to sell the Trek flat as is. So far he hasn’t had any luck in finding a Trek buyer and now the UK’s Sun is reporting that a divorce is forcing Tony to uload the flat right away. That means that he now must gut the flat of all 24th century elements. Alleyne tells the Sun "To say I’m gutted is an understatement. It is my life’s work — and it looks like it’s going into a skip. I admit there were tears."


Star Trek TNG’s Denise Crosby with Alleyne – shooting "Trekkies 2"

It is sad to see all that hard work end up in the trash.

For more on the flat, check out this video tour from the BBC.

 

Comments

1. rm10019 - January 24, 2012

Oy that is a shame. I wish him all the best!

2. Kenneth_Of_Borg - January 24, 2012

That is a crying shame. I wonder if they could give him a walk-on part in the new film. It would make him feel better.

So where is the background casting for this new film anyway? There was such a big and open call for extras in the last film. I take it they are not doing any big academy scenes this time but must need some nonunion extras to push around on set.

3. Wilson7777 - January 24, 2012

I’m guessing his ex-wife isn’t a Trekkie?

4. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 24, 2012

The more specialized your tastes, the harder it is to sell it to the average buyer. It’s hard enough to sell a house as-is that has rooms painted non-standard colors. It’s too bad all that work has to go to waste, but hardly unexpected.

5. davidfuchs - January 24, 2012

@4

Indeed. If you want your house to sell, anecdotal evidence from friends who are realtors say that even removing all the furniture increases the chance of the house selling– people want to envision themselves living there, and nonstandard colors, furnishings, etc. interfere with that.

Sucks, but there it is.

6. Red Dead Ryan - January 24, 2012

Aw man…..

7. Commodore Adams - January 24, 2012

She’s probably divorcing him because of the fact that their home looks like that. When a person (a rational person) is so obsessed with something, they have to take a step back and analyze their lifestyle. As much as I LOVE star trek, I would get depressed living in a place like that. I like a warm and inviting home, his place is a freaking rainy cloudy day everyday.

I was a huge video gamer, Nintendo aficionado, and it consumed me. I had every Nintendo game console from 1977, memorabilia, and shelves and shelves of games. I few years back I thought “what the hell am I doing.” I am just glad I realized this in my mid 20′s as opposed to much later in my life.

He spend $150,000! You know what I would have spent that on, travel. Nothing more rewarding than world travel, not vacations, not material possessions but travel…..and investments. I bet if they explored the world together and he wasn’t so obsessed with turning his home into a fantasy world things would have been different.

Just some food for thought.

8. Jim Nightshade - January 24, 2012

Saddest trek story since star trek the experience got gutted…he spent 150 thousand…experience cost 100 million plus…sigh sniff pout…and so trek fandom worldwide will be poorer yet again…

9. Driver - January 24, 2012

It’s cool to make something like that as long as it’s not your home. Lesson learned the hard way.

10. Jim Nightshade - January 24, 2012

Looking at it again…..i dont know how anyone could live there safely…all that flur. Lighting..like living in a tanning booth or like having 100 thousand x rays?

11. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 24, 2012

#7 – The divorce could be unrelated to his obsession, but your point is well taken. On the other hand, just consider that apparently the guy is a designer by trade, so there is something redeeming about his endeavor; it’s not just (or wasn’t supposed to be just) a man-cave on steroids!

12. Basement Blogger - January 24, 2012

Well, he’s a Voyager fan. It’s a beautiful pad. Sorry to see it go. Live long and prosper, Tony.

13. Red Dead Ryan - January 24, 2012

Turning a whole apartment into the interiors of a starship wasn’t the best idea. I would not do it.

But redesigning an entertainment room in the form of a starship interior would work better. At least this way, you’d keep the more traditional design for most of the house/apartment so that guests would feel comfortable, while the entertainment room would allow for something totally different, and more related to what you’re doing in that room.

14. PaulB. - January 24, 2012

He should get one of the fan-Trek productions to come over and film in his apartment, using the destruction as real special effects, so to speak.

That way, he’d have something for consolation.

15. jr - January 24, 2012

JJ should buy it.

16. On Vacation With Landru - January 24, 2012

Who knows why he’s getting a divorce. It could be anything. He’s been able to enjoy the flat since 1994, so that’s a reasonable amount of time all things considered. If it was more of a showpiece that he never really lived in, there could have been all sorts of reasons someone might not want to live there even if they are a Trek fan simply because what was a minor issue to him would be a major one if you were living there full time.

I also agree that it is a setup that would be okay for a room or be nice to visit occasionally but it is far from warm and welcoming. I would expect a TNG-era home to be more like the crew quarters were rather than the darn ship. Their quarters always seemed futuristically welcoming to me.

17. Sebastian S. - January 24, 2012

Poor guy.
No matter how ‘nerdy’ or ‘geeky’ one’s dream is?
To have to lose it after finally achieving it is truly sad.

To quote Kirk in This Side of Paradise, “Another dream that failed, there’s nothing sadder…”

Hope he is able to do something similar again someday. :-)

18. Phil - January 24, 2012

“Honest, honey, when it’s done we will sell it and make a fortune. Just look at Star Trek: The Experience, it will last forever…..what do you mean, they closed it down?”

I can’t even type “It seemed like a good idea at the time” with a straight face….

19. Simon - January 24, 2012

Doesn’t anyone else see a resemblance to Captain Robau? If he got a tan just maybe…

20. brian - January 24, 2012

These stories go around every few years. I remember at least twice before that he was going to sell / dismantle the apartment. It’s a shame if it’s true as it really is cool, but it also isn’t a feasible living space. And honestly, if a grown man has to rely on his ex to pay his rent (for 18 years!!!), maybe he would be better off selling it so he can get back on his feet.

21. Anthony Thompson - January 24, 2012

Did he say that he sleeps on the floor? No wonder his wife is giving him the heave-ho! : D

22. VZX - January 24, 2012

Yo, dude, if I had the money, I would so do this in like a second home or something. The wife would never let me at our actual house, but, if I was rich, then hell yeah!

Bummer for this guy, though.

23. VZX - January 24, 2012

I bet Rick Sternbach’s house is even Trekkier. ;)

24. Cosmo Kid - January 24, 2012

It’s a great flat for sure – damn cool! Too bad its woven into a serious case of “When Worlds Collide”. Fantasy vs. Reality.

25. boborci - January 24, 2012

Bummer. Wish him luck.

26. Dr. Cheis - January 25, 2012

Having the Captain’s Chair as a toilet is about as far as I’d be willing to take it.

27. Lords Of Kobol Book - January 25, 2012

Did you not read the article, TrekMovie?

He DOES NOT own that apartment. HIS WIFE does. Oh, and SHE has been paying the mortgage on it since 1994!

So he spent $150,000 to pimp his crib, Janeway-style, in a home he doesn’t own! I’m thinking that money could have been used to get his own place THEN he could have commenced with the Okudagrams.

28. Spacecadet - January 25, 2012

He should make a little exhibition out of it. So he could earn some money – with Pramounts “okay” – and maybe it would go to be a happy ending? Unfortunateley in divorcement people are very rarely “rational” or try to be compassionate and targeted to find a win-win-solution.

29. Spacecadet - January 25, 2012

…or the whole inerior could go to a museum?

30. Romulus - January 25, 2012

Star Trek flat sold on eBay for £425,000
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/49211-star-trek-flat-sold-on-ebay

The sale must have fell through or the buyers wife cut up his card.

31. La Reyne d'Epee - January 25, 2012

@25 Not fancy a nice wee holiday home in the UK, Bob?

32. VulcanFilmCritic - January 25, 2012

I think Le Corbusier said that houses are machines for living, and according to that criterion, this little flat is a failure. While I think it is certainly possible to design a science fiction-styled flat or house, the first job is to make it FUNCTIONAL. With the possible exception of the kitchen, this flat is totally non-functional, and as a designer he should know that.

The second job is to make it COMFORTABLE, and as several people have stated above, it is not a welcoming space. It is so cold and hard and awkward, that I would not even be able to work for a few hours in such a space.

What Mr. Alleyne has created is a stage set, and perhaps he would have more fun in life if he tried his hand at theater, even amateur theater, creating fantasy stage sets that service actors, rather than trying to house real people.

33. Aussie Ian - January 25, 2012

I’ll tell you what his mistake was …………… instead of recreating the INTERIOR of a space faring vessel, he should have recreated the ACTUAL vacuum of space and put his wife in it.

problem solved!

Addendum * The objective of this post is subjective ex-wife themed humour, not flaming or baiting!

34. Iva - January 25, 2012

What does divorcing his wife have to do with it? He built it by himself, using his own money, in his own flat. #confused
This shouldn’t be happening.

35. niall johnson - January 25, 2012

His best bet would be to sell the Okudagrams etc. in dribs and drabs. Granted he would still lose them, however, I for one would be in the market for one or two of those. At least then, his work will continue to be enjoyed, nobody breaks the bank and little ends up in a dumpster! Does this chap have an eBay page?

36. Greenberg - January 25, 2012

Typical woman behaviour.

37. Do You Wanna Dance - January 25, 2012

The ex-wife is obviously a Star Wars fan. Either that, or she’s accepted JJ Abrams’ version as new canon and eliminated the Prime Universe altogether.

38. Dennis Bailey - January 25, 2012

He supposedly started this project as a new pastime and distraction after an earlier divorce. Full circle…

39. Romulus - January 25, 2012

Smell the misogynists in this thread ?
guys, have a wash and get out of moms basement then you might appeal to the opposite sex.

40. Lords Of Kobol Book - January 25, 2012

#34, read #27.

41. Starfleet's Finest - January 25, 2012

Total bummer. That place looks amazing, it really is too bad. Best of luck to him though.

42. Anthony Thompson - January 25, 2012

If I had the money to do that, I’d Trek up only two spaces: a bridge and captain’s quarters.

43. They call me Stasiu - January 25, 2012

If I had that kind of money, I would’ve bought some original set pieces from the previous auctions and be happy they were the real deal.

44. David Jones - January 25, 2012

Isn’t anyone going to blame Rick Berman and Brannon Braga for this I mean come on!!!

Hey sports fans, marridge has a beginning and an end. I’ve only seen a handfull of marridges work in my 44 years on this M class planet. So be warned.

45. Aashlee - January 25, 2012

To quote Kirk from “The Trouble With Tribbles”: “Too much of anything, Lieutenant, even love, isn’t necessarily a good thing.” Well, too much “Trek” isn’t necessarily a good thing for resale. Imagine trying to sell one of the homes transformed on “Monster House” (seen in the U.S. and Australia — Wiki it if you’re unfamiliar), and you’ll see what I mean.

His flat would have sold, I think, if he had included Trek elements in a whimsical way, as accents to the whole living situation instead of turning the place into a starship.

I think that it’s too bad he has to dismantle all that work, but did he expect it to endure forever? Did he never consider that, at some point in his life, he’d have to move? As a designer, why did he not design some portability into his setup so he could take it with him, if need be?

C’est la vie! Live and learn.

46. Siv - January 25, 2012

Wonder if we could timeshare it

All fans put in 1/52nd of the cost he wants and we all buy 1 weeks accomidation

Then we can all share and enjoy his life’s work on a holiday to the UK

And Alleyne co-ordinate the lease

I assume he may only need to sell 50% to address the divorce

47. Hat Rick - January 25, 2012

All the more reason to support what I think would be a suitable meme:

Divorce Ruins Almost Everything.

I mean, even if some good stuff comes out of it, the fact that you have to get divorced means that something went wrong. Even if it’s a friendly divorce.

Of course, if there are children involved, it’s all the more tragic, because children are to be cherished no matter how moronic/selfish/(insert other problem here) either or both their parents were. Children are innocent and should never be made to suffer merely because their parents “grew apart” or “fell out of love” or some other such thing.

But then again, there’s child support, and spousal support, and all that lovely stuff.

Ain’t love grand, ladies and gents?

The fact is, though, that horrible though divorce is, it may still be preferable to a terrible lifelong yoke that cannot be broken.

Sometimes the choice is between something that sucks, and something that sucks even worse.

And to lighten things up, here’s that old joke for everyone’s reading pleasure:

“They say marriage is a word. But the truth is, it’s a sentence.”

[Rimshot.]

48. Aashlee - January 25, 2012

I like Siv’s idea, or one could turn it into a B&B. It would be a way to preserve the work, recoup the investment, and, perhaps, generate income in the long run.

Win-win!

49. dharmaworkman - January 25, 2012

Cheer this guy up! Get him background role in the new Trek film!

50. Dee - lvs moon' surface - January 25, 2012

Oh too bad…

51. VulcanFilmCritic - January 25, 2012

Who would want to buy THIS place?

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-hotprop-leonard-sandra-nimoy-20120104,0,731227.story

See the virtual tour here:

http://www.beyondspock.de/whats_new.php

52. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - January 25, 2012

i feel bad for him its like having your dream ripped away from you. Divorce sucks!

53. Viking - January 25, 2012

I feel for they guy. Yeah, I think I got out of my first marriage with only two pieces of furniture, my clothes, a bad credit record, and my keister to my name, while she ended up in a $300K condo on Lake Michigan. I’ve repeatedly warned Wife #2 that the outcome will be quite different if she doesn’t toe the line.

54. AJ - January 25, 2012

53

Hear you, man.

Feel the pain.

55. Iva - January 25, 2012

@ 40. Lords Of Kobol Book – January 25, 2012

Did now, thanks, that explains it. :)

56. Sunfell - January 25, 2012

This whole thing reminds me of an old Michael Bishop story from “The Catacomb Years” anthology, called “The Windows In Dante’s Hell”. In it, some inhabitants of the Domed City have to clean out an apartment, and discover that it was done up like the set of an old SF show (an analogue of Star Trek).

Much as I love the show myself, I could not actually live in such a place. It’s too bad he can’t sell off the components and get some of his money back that way.

57. MEEE - January 25, 2012

I thought the whole reason he started building the flat was becasue he was going through a naasty divorce… Now another one?

Lesson learned my friend…
kidding… That sucks though..

58. apollo1701 - January 25, 2012

he should E-bay off his stuff

59. Red Dead Ryan - January 25, 2012

We live in the post feminist age, guys. The wife had every right to divorce the guy. And its none of our business. Time to stop blaming the woman. It was the guy who should be questioned/criticized, as he got divorced for the second time. So if anyone’s to blame, its this guy. He clearly didn’t respect his wife’s property, and is now paying the price for it.

The level of sexism and bigotry on this site is astounding.

60. Khan was Framed! - January 25, 2012

Wait this guy was married?

That is a miracle in itself.

I think we can clearly see how he prefers to spend his time, so who can blame his ex-wife?

Now I just need to know where they’ll be having the garage sale.

61. Captain_Conrad - January 25, 2012

I can see why no one would want the flat. It’s just not practical. It’s sad to see all that work go to waste, but if he wanted to make a sale, he should have renovated a bigger space and not have made it so cramped. It felt a little too cozy for comfort. Also, who would want a transporter? He could have easily sold it if he built a bridge with a large flat screen for a viewscreen/tv.

My condolences to his loss. I have a dream of one day owning a Trek house, so this loss must be hard since no one but him really appreciated it

62. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - January 25, 2012

He should rent it out to Star Trek fanfilm makers. That would beb great. But there has to be some other Trekkie out there who’d dream of having a flat like that. *cough…Plomeek…cough*

Best of luck to you, sir.

63. MJ - January 26, 2012

Perhaps there is a correlation here — guy makes his entire house look like Star Trek and his marriage doesn’t last? just saying…

64. Cervantes - January 26, 2012

Man, what a gyp for that guy.

I bet he wishes he could just ‘beam’ all that hard work elsewhere!

Women, eh?

65. captainedd - January 26, 2012

Could he at least put the pieces up for auction? Just an idea….

66. Bob Tompkins - January 27, 2012

Darn shame I live in the US. I have the wherewithal and the inclination to buy it and would love to live like that.

67. Andy - January 27, 2012

I’d hate to live like that. Poor sap had to waist all that money when it could of went to something more useful.

68. Katie G. - January 29, 2012

Excuse me… it was AFTER SHE LEFT HIM.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/5290491/Tony-Alleyne-and-his-Star-Trek-flat.html?image=1

ktg

69. Klinging On - January 30, 2012

He did not pay for the flat.

He did not pay for the mortgage.

The ex-wife did.

Can’t say I blame her for wanting to be shot of it.

Is it back on Ebay? I can’t find it there.

70. Klinging On - January 30, 2012

But you know the most shocking aspect. Some woman actually married this nerd. He might even have had sex. Respect!

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