Futuroscope, France.

Futuroscope is a theme park in central France, near the city of Poitiers.  It offers the perfect blend of education and fun- or atleast that’s what my parents thought when they took myself and my brothers there in our youth.

It offered a vision of the future where everything is dynamic, exciting and in an Imax cinema. Not that dissimilar from a world expo.  There is a monorail- that ultimate symbol of the future- ,the park is dotted with pavilions with the ambition of presenting a future that is in fact the past, more specifically the mid 1980s, when it was built.

This is a theatre. It represents the ‘sun rising on the horizon, and reminds us that time and space are inseparable from life.’  For such symbollism this pavilion is so static and resembles a local swimming pool or shopping centre.

‘Kinémax is Futuroscope’s flagship building. It symbolises rock crystals thrusting out of the soil. 20,000 hours of drawing time were required to produce the architectural style. Its 45,750 ft² surface area is covered with 3,000 reflective glass plates.’  Text from http://www.futuroscope.com.