Star Wars Architecture

3 Aug

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Paint them white and these amazing structures remind me strongly of something you would see in Star Wars…

The Maunsell Army Sea Forts are possibly the only valid reason I can think of to visit Shoeburyness East where they can be seen from boat, or beach on a clear day. I love them – I guess in much the same way I find Dungeness (and it’s mini steam train) appealing. They are also one of my favorite pieces of architecture.

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Constructed in 1942 these astonishing structures were anti-aircraft tower-forts constructed in 1942 to form part of the Thames Estuary defense network. Each fort consists of a cluster of seven stilted buildings surrounding a central command tower.

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It is now dangerous and illegal to try and visit the forts due to their bad state of decay – personally considering the money wasted in the UK surely some pennies must be found to help preserve these astonishing structures.

Read more about the forts at Atlas Obscura.

2 Responses to “Star Wars Architecture”

  1. trench August 4, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Very awesome. They remind me of Miyazaki films though. Probably has something to do with their floaty, hanging in the air qualities.


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