Futuroscope Park : Michelin's recommendations
Who would have thought, when the idea was launched by René Monory, that Futuroscope would become such a success? On the outskirts of Poitiers, this futuristic site, designed by architect Denis Laming, has managed to unite entertainment, education and work around a common theme, that of communication. The educational centre includes a pilot college run by the national education department and the Institut international de prospective (International Institute of Futurology) and another educational body, l'ENSMA. Téléport contains around 50 companies that specialise in hi-tech, gathered around the Parc européen de l'image (European Moving Picture Park). The park itself is 70 hectares of pavilions in a sometimes audacious architectural style, all devoted to pictures and communication. There is a 162 m2 video wall in the Kinémax, the architectural centrepoint of the park, where a 600 m2 flat screen draws the viewer into the centre of the picture. The Omnimax screen completely covers the 180° field of vision. Then there is the Tapis magique, Imax 3 D and Solido where you can see stereoscopic films. Astratour is a cinema that will certainly stir you up, and the Théâtre alphanumérique stands on the Lac aux Images. Go down Cyber Avenue, an underground street of fluorescent lights and video games. Cyber Média will immerse you in the cybernetic world. It is a visit into a world of virtuality and imagery that will undoubtedly be unforgettable - and could even inspire your youngsters to seek some very interesting careers!