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Avant-garde architecture: the huge glass and steel facade of Imax 3D, Futuroscope, Poitiers.

I've been to Futuroscope on several occasions with groups of Media Studies students from my college. It's not somewhere I'd have chosen to go on my own, as theme parks don't do it for me. But I've been pleasantly surprised by this one, and in particular by the architecture. In 1984, when Futuroscope was being designed, a 35-year-old architect named Denis Laming submitted several proposals of what the buildings in the park could look like. His bold vision impressed Rene Monory, the founder of Futuroscope, and Laming, who has been the head architect ever since, has designed every building within the gates. This particular building houses the park’s IMAX 3D movies and is intentionally designed as an optical illusion for picture taking. Denis Laming created the structure to represent a giant screen as well as a lens that distorts the flat image. The result is a reflection that is an inverted image of the planet.

I think this photograph was made in 2004, although as I said above, I've been there several times, and film cameras don't have any EXIF data: taken on my Canon T90.

Neg scanned on a Nikon dedicated film scanner, but apparently the wrong way round: the image is flipped horizontally! Only just noticed. Sorry!

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