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A shell building is a buydebug object, that serves as a large fixed-exterior that acts as shelter. In practice, they're used to give a complex yet aesthetical architecture look, that would otherwise be impossible to create. Because of their varying size, some come with a fixed height and are useful for alluding persistent size that is the interior.

Anything that's within a shell (an object, wall segment and flooring) can only be modified with RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings cheat enabled.[1][2] However, creating a smaller interior and utilizing hidden room markers for outer halls is completely optional. All shell buildings are fixed with their own entrance doors.

Examples of these buildings include the pyramids and the dragon cave exterior in The Sims 3: World Adventures, penthouses and apartments in The Sims 3: Late Night and The Sims 4: City Living respectively, private and big show venues in The Sims 3: Showtime, and futuristic shells in The Sims 3: Into the Future. The Sims Mobile introduces various shell buildings for careers.

The Sims 3: World Adventures[]

The Sims 3: Late Night[]

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Skyscrapers are shell buildings that were shipped with The Sims 3: Late Night.[3] They are "Shell buildings"[4] and only offer one or two floors (such as the basement; some nicer penthouses have a second floor bedroom.) as a playable area for either residential penthouses or community lots, such as bars.[5] This is the first time in the series that a skyscraper can be made without the use of cheats, though they were available as neighborhood decorations in The Sims 2: Nightlife and The Sims 2: Apartment Life. Skyscrapers can be placed in build mode, though, as with any rabbit hole, it has to be placed before a family moves in. Although many shells can be obtained from the buydebug catalog, some of them are unroutable due to broken door entrances.[6]


Location Image Size Design
The Prosper Room The Prosper Room shell.jpg 22x22 Has a large yellow billboard on the top of the left wall, toward the front. Has a small red sign toward the bottom on the back wall. Has three more small sign on the back right corner, toward the bottom of the tower. Penthouse had outdoor balcony.
Eugi's Eugi's.jpg 20x20

White-color tall, thin tower with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a more modern feel, with a triple-level, flat-topped roof. Has a green billboard on the left side, and a curved orange sign above the door and on the top of the front.

The Simerset The Simerset.jpg 30x18

Short, wide tower. Rather monotone, with the exception of some red canopy roofs over the ground floor windows.

Aquarius Aquarius.jpg 30x18

Overall dark tone with a black-color canopy over the front door and "driveway" with black and white canvas roofs over the ground floor windows. The first floor is inside. The other 3 are above, allowing the player to build the upper floors—and roof—as they see fit.

The Tidewater The Tidewater.jpg 20x20

Has a greenish-color flat roof and decorative front door mantle/frame. The top floor is partially covered by the shell.

Veranda Villas Veranda Villas.jpg 12x18

Rather odd shaped tall tower with a large base for the first two floors, which have a wrap-around deck on the second. Multiple floors have small concrete "balconies". Has a rather industrial-style look.

Bridgeport Armory Brideport Armory.jpg 18x18

Dark brown concrete. Has a large blue billboard with red lettering on the back side. Only shell to have it's "penthouse" not on the top floor(s).

Bridgeport Sports Zone Bridgeport Sport Zone.jpg 30x18

Similar to the Aquarius, having canvas roofs over the ground-floor windows with the canopy over the front door. These are of a brown color. Has numerous small signs on the right side.

Plasma 501 Plasma 501 shell.jpg 22x22

White color tall building with blue canvas roofs over the ground-floor windows. Has two small yellow signs on the front-right corner at ground floor, a small red and white sign on the front-left corner, also at ground floor, and a larger blue and red billboard/sign on the front-right corner at the top of the tower.

The Brightmore The Brightmore.jpg 32x20

Has a billboard on the roof facing off of the back-left corner, orange canvas roofs over the ground floor windows, and a yellowish billboard of a Sim above the front door.

The Sims 3: Showtime[]

Shell buildings are present in the expansion introduced Starlight Shores world. However, not all of them are available in the build mode section of buydebug. Based of the examinations of modifying few of these buildings, all can possibly hold the maximum of five story height with a flat roof on top.

Location Lot Image Size Available in buydebug Notes
40 Los Sueños Strip Brotherhood of Fine Fellows Hall Brotherhood of Fine Fellows Hall.jpg An estimate over 49x49 tiles in appearance. Takes up 52x53 titles of actual space Yes
32 Los Sueños Strip Hoi Polloi Event Center Hoi Polloi Event Center.jpg An estimate over 57x58 titles in appearance. No
37 Los Sueños Strip Los Sueños Private Club Los Suenos Private Club.jpg Spans over 44x37 titles. Placement difference over 1 title more. Yes
21 Via Del Sol The Binder Clips Center This article needs a picture to illustrate what it is about. Find an image or upload one and add it.
Spans over 57x59 titles. No

The Sims 3: University Life[]

Location Lot Image Size Available in buydebug Notes
110 Sims University Conners Student Union Building Conners Student Union Building.jpg An estimate over 24x40 titles in appearance. Takes up 24x42 titles of actual space No
202 Sims University Howard Memorial Library This article needs a picture to illustrate what it is about. Find an image or upload one and add it.
An estimate over 28x47 titles in appearance. Yes

The Sims 3: Into the Future[]

The Sims 4: City Living[]

Skyscraper shell buildings return in The Sims 4: City Living. They are more often seen as high story apartment buildings and usually have one to four apartments in them, though some of the skyscrapers also have a penthouse on top. Some of the buildings are mostly one-story, but there couple that have two stories. These skyscrapers can not be moved, edited or placed into another world by the player and are only found in San Myshuno.

The Sims Mobile[]

The Sims Mobile introduces various shell buildings for careers.

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  1. Making any alteration in it (i.e placing an object in it) will render the hand tool useless for picking up the building.
  2. Therefor, the only possible way of deleting is through testingcheats on and by shift-clicking on it
  3. TheSims3 tweet The tall buildings can actually be lived in. If you make enough Simoleons you can even buy one of the luxury high rises.
  4. Cite error: The named reference simguru tweet was invoked but never defined
  5. Gamesradar - The Sims 3: Late Night at the Wayback Machine (archived September 21, 2016)