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Shell buildings is the name given for buildings which have a large exterior, but with a smaller playable interior. Examples of these buildings include the pyramids and the dragon cave exterior in The Sims 3: World Adventures. The penthouses of The Sims 3: Late Night are also shell buildings.[1] The Sims 3: Showtime adds shell buildings. In The Sims 3: University Life, university buildings are also shells. In The Sims 3: Into the Future, many community lots are covered in futuristic shells. In The Sims 3: World Adventures, the rooms in the tombs are pitch black if not explored. The Sims 4: City Living added apartment shells that are similar to The Sims 3: Late Night's penthouse shells.

The Sims Mobile introduces various shell buildings for careers.

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Skyscrapers are shell buildings that were shipped with The Sims 3: Late Night.[2] They are "Shell buildings"[1] 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.[3] More than one rabbit hole can be inside a skyscraper.[4] It 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 any rabbit hole, it has to be placed before a family moves in.

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The Sims 3: Into the Future Edit

The Sims 4: City Living Edit

There are various Apartment shells in San Myshuno.

The Sims Mobile Edit

The Sims Mobile introduces various shell buildings for careers.


  1. 1.0 1.1 TheSims3 tweet - The apartments are extensions of shells from World Adventures. Big models, but with some floors that can be built and lived in.
  2. 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.
  3. Gamesradar - The Sims 3: Late Night
  4. SimsNetwork - The Sims 3 Late Night @ Gamescom 2010