The O2/Millennium Dome, North Greenwich
We revisit this London landmark
(Photos © urban75, Saturday 28th June 2008)
The largest domed structure in the world, the Millennium Dome (now The O2) is a huge white marquee, 365m in diameter, supported by twelve 100m-high yellow support towers, designed to represent each month of the year (or each hour of the clock face) and echoing the role played by Greenwich Mean Time.
The canopy is made of PTFE coated glass fibre fabric, and rises 50 m high in the middle.
The structure was part of a project ito reclaim previously derelict Greenwich Peninsula which was contaminated by toxic sludge from an earlier gasworks that operated from 1889 to 1985.
The Dome originally housed the Millennium Experience, which ran from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2000. After a long period of insecurity about the structure's future, the Dome now forms part of the 'O2 entertainment district'.
Entering the (ahem) "entertainment district" from North Greenwich tube station.
Exhibition space by the main walkway into the o2 arena.
Some of the twelve towers holding up the Dome.
General view of entrance area.
Twisted metal sculpture.
New development around the Dome.
Huge car and coach park with David Beckham Academy to the left.
Another view of the David Beckham Academy.
Contestants and audience for the 'Britain's Got Talent' show that was being filmed inside the Dome.
Dome and two ventilation towers.
Structure close up.
Millennium Dome photos and features:
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