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London’s Dome of Doom(ed)

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A really interesting story from a source usually full of them, Things Magazine, about something this writer hadn’t ever heard about. It’s the tragic tale of the Millennium Dome in London. The building, created by RRP, began in 1996. When they finally finished everything in 1999, they’d won a handful of awards, created all kinds of discussions in the media, both pro and con, and blew through millions of dollars. 2000 rolls around, goes past, and then…nothing. It just sits there. Here’s a bit from the end:

Although more than 6 million people visited the attraction during 2000, today it stands empty, its internal elements – which accounted for most of the total project cost – destroyed. There are plans to re-open the venue as a leisure complex.

There’s also a batch more links and discussion surrounding the whole thing over at Things, and we highly encourage you to visit.

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