When we covered the announcement of the upcoming Pokémon X and Y, I mentioned that I was a little apprehensive about the shift to 3D graphics. Today, though, I have seen something that makes all those misgivings evaporate: A set of designs for a next-gen version of a Pokémon center by artist Evan Liaw.

The designs aren't official -- Liaw apparently did the designs to keep his skills as an environment artist for video games sharp -- but they're absolutely gorgeous, full of little visual gags and in-jokes in a setting that would look right at home in a Mass Effect game that also included Charmeleon. Check out a few of our favorites below!

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The map of the Kanto, Johto, Sinnoh and Hoenn regions decorating the top floor is a pretty cool touch, as is having gym leader/supermodel Elesa's video playing on the screens above the desk, but I think my favorite bit in the entire set is the use of the silhouettes of the Black 2 player characters for the bathrooms. That's genius.

For more, check out the whole gallery at Liaw's website!

[Via Kotaku]