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History of Architecture

BELGIUM (2)   1945-2000


Bruxelles Expo 1958






Expo 58

he Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels Worlds Fair (Expo 58). It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place. It is now a museum.

Designed by the engineer André Waterkeynand architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m tall. Its nine 18 m diameter stainless steelcad spheres are connected, so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes of 3 m diameter connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose stairs, escalators and a lift (in the central, vertical tube) to allow access to the five habitable spheres, which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant which has a panoramic view of Brussels.



Lucien KROLL (1927-...)



Pavillon de l'Autriche

Karl Schwanzer




Juliaan LAMPENS (1926-...)



"La Mémé", Woluwé-Saint-Lambert (1970s)



Dordrecht - de Zilvervloot

130 dwellings + shops



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