And now for something completely different.....

By HobbitDave
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

Tags: Dome Architecture Modern architecture Minehead Butlins Buckminster fuller Geodesic domes Yurt

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cjl47 10 4 3 England
14 Oct 2008 11:01AM
Wow, weird architecture, good shot.

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jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
14 Oct 2008 11:38AM
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.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
14 Oct 2008 11:45AM
Excellent captures.
1 and 3 is my favs.
Well done.
14 Oct 2008 12:00PM
Thanks for the kind comments. folks, which are always very encouraging. Happy picture taking to everyone. Dave
14 Oct 2008 12:07PM

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.

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!
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
14 Oct 2008 2:19PM
Superb captures, very ELO

mars 10 England
14 Oct 2008 9:30PM
Excellent set of captures....although I'm not a No'1 fan of this structure, these shots could almost win me over!!

BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
15 Oct 2008 7:50PM
Hi de hi, hello campers. LOL
Everyones favourite, well captured.
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
15 Oct 2008 9:15PM
A fascinating construction, great series Dave.

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