Thursday, August 02, 2007

Let the sun shine in!

This is for all of you who love the beach . . .



Here's another nice piece of engineering and construction.



This time the locale is JAPAN . Here's the exterior shot of the building.



Note the surrounding area . . mountains, sea shore, golf course, residential area.
What do you think is inside this building?







It's . . O C E A N D O M E








The roof is retractable . . .




so the SURF'S UP . . .rain or shine!




When the roof is closed, you still get blue sky and puffy white clouds .. .

















Imagine a beach where the sky is always blue, it's never too hot or cold, the water isn't filled with salt and pollution, and the surf is always perfect.



Welcome to Ocean Dome, the world's only indoor beach.



Ocean Dome has its own flame-spitting volcano, crushed white marble "sand", and it also boasts the world's largest retractable roof, providing a permanently blue sky.



Temperature, wind and humidity are closely controlled to provide an ultra-safe "sea-side" experience.



Every hour, the volcano erupts and the hi-tech wave machines start up, starting a few minutes of sanitized surfing.



Entrance cost is US $50 per person, which seems especially expensive given that there is a free, natural beach only 300 metres away.






Have a sunshiney day!



~xo



Lee Ann

19 comments:

Zoely said...

wow, that's quite the feat of engineering...

coach said...

what an extreme engineering !

Kirsten N. Namskau said...

I have heard about this place. It looks fantastic. Wish I one day could take a holiday and go there

EBEZP said...

Yeah wonderful feat of engineering but lets leave engineering to the engineers. It is no substitute for the real thing BG, honestly!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road!!

Rastaman said...

Ahhhhh, reminds me of home, Babygirl. I sit up in my tree, take a few tokes, and the sky is blue no matter what!

Peace and hugs to you Babygirl

JLee said...

I wanna go!!!

Hypersonic said...

Hey leeann honey, you're back :o)) !

melanie said...

Hey Sweetie:)))
Thanks for looking at me runes!
and wow..what a beach!! I think something like that would go down well over here....
Hope yer well Lee Ann

xoxox

Michael Manning said...

Awesome! HAVE FUN!!!

jiggs said...

and I thought the japanese were into making things smaller!

Lapis Ruber said...

An amazing place. Reminds me of the Mall in Dubai where they have a ski slope with real snow - even though the outside temperature can be 100+.

Belated HHNT

green said...

That's cool. How long has it been open?

Crabby said...

Ok. Now "that" is cool. Can you imagine being all alone in there? Having the whole place all to yourself and maybe a couple friends?

lecram sinun said...

Wild and wacky... but cool all at the same time.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dave Morris said...

Irony - it's right next to the beach!

Neat...

Carmi said...

Hi Lee Ann. I remember watching the Discovery Channel special on this place. They talked about the challenges of its construction, and I was absolutely fascinated.

Part of me wonders why folks don't just go to the free and real beach nearby. There's so much artificial in this world that it's easy to forget about the simpler alternatives.

rob said...

Wow! Of course, like the ski dome in Dubai, it will fall apart when the oil runs out. Thank goodness they had the foresight to build a real beach nearby.

Bathroom Hippo said...


Me love ocean-dome.

Me miss Lee Ann.

BeckEye said...

That's pretty cool. As long as that's not the place where Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin hang out.