Let’s build a crystal – The Kinémax by Denis Laming

The Kinemax theater at Futuroscope Park, designed by Denis Laming

The Kinemax

Photo via The Sweet Kitten

Above is the most literal, architectural interpretation of crystals that I could find. It’s a theater, the Kinémax, at an amusement park in France that revolves around the future. The park, Futuroscope, opened nearly 25 years ago and the Kinémax has been an emblem of the park ever since. It’s kind of amazing. The theater, like most of the structures around the park, was designed by Denis Laming. “Denis Laming was only 34 years old when he submitted his design proposals for Futuroscope in early 1984.” He could not have known that he would spend much of his future in the park, adding new pavilions. Many are clever, but none of his pavilions after the Kinémax are as immaginative or surprising.

4 Comments Let’s build a crystal – The Kinémax by Denis Laming

  1. Martin December 16, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    I’ve been to Futuroscope, it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s exactly what you’d expect a French theme-park to be: artistic and with very few “rides” (most attractions are cinemas and other weird experiences). And if that doesn’t appeal at least there’s the architecture to like.

  2. Jamie December 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    I have also been to Futuroscope, though it was a few years ago. But i do agree with Martin, it is totally worth the visit. I remember there being an amazing evening water and laser show also.

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