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Yes, The Martians have landed! Well....not quite.....This is the very unusual structure of the Butlins holiday complex at Minehead. My first reactions when I saw this several years ago were 'what the **** is that?!', but the closer you get to it, you have to admire the design and construction of such a vast and bizarre-looking building (and also some of the excellent events they have there too). It looks very Oriental, and v.4 shows it in the distance, taken with a long-reach telephoto lens across Blue Anchor Bay. Behind it is the beautiful small Victorian Spa Town of Minehead, nestling beneath North Hill, which slopes down to the sea. With its medieval church and harbour-front as the focal points, the white domes of Butlins holiday camp certainly stand out. (Who was the gent that talked about 'monstrous carbuncles'??). The structure itself is ingeniously built, it has to be said, (down to the fact that it hasn't actually blown away in the winter gales we get here coming up the Bristol Channel....). Perhaps one of Buckminster Fuller's buildings based around hexagons, such as the Eden Project buildings, would have looked better in this location? What do you think? Dave

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Username:HobbitDave HobbitDave
Uploaded:14 Oct 2008 - 10:17 AM
Tags:Architecture, Buckminster fuller, Butlins, Dome, Geodesic domes, Minehead, Modern architecture, Yurt
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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2008 - 11:01 AM

Wow, weird architecture, good shot.
chris

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jdenman
jdenman  5 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2008 - 11:38 AM

These are great Dave, really nice collection of shots. There is a garden centre near Diss in Norfolk which is almost the same, are great inside.
John

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
14 Oct 2008 - 11:45 AM

Excellent captures.
1 and 3 is my favs.
Well done.
Robert

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HobbitDave
14 Oct 2008 - 12:00 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. folks, which are always very encouraging. Happy picture taking to everyone. Dave

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HobbitDave
14 Oct 2008 - 12:07 PM


Quote: These are great Dave, really nice collection of shots. There is a garden centre near Diss in Norfolk which is almost the same, are great inside.
John

Likewise the inside of this one is vast and well-designed, John. They have had such bands as Oasis playing inside it a couple of years ago, with accompanying lighting effects and all the gismos, plus a huge audience, and there was room for it all to happen with space to spare.... Desipite its 'Martian' appearance, it is a clever design!

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Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2008 - 2:19 PM

Superb captures, very ELO

Stace

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mars
mars  6 England
14 Oct 2008 - 9:30 PM

Excellent set of captures....although I'm not a No'1 fan of this structure, these shots could almost win me over!!

M

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BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2008 - 7:50 PM

Hi de hi, hello campers. LOL
Everyones favourite, well captured.
Burnsie

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roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2008 - 9:15 PM

A fascinating construction, great series Dave.
Alex

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