Interesting Places I've Photographed
Topic: Odd Shaped Buildings
GPS: N50° 53.710; E004° 20.491
This 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo '58) building is gigantic replica of an iron crystal.
The Atomium was build as one of the temporary structures for the 1958 World's Fair (Expo '58) held in Brussels, Belgium. It was so popular that it was retained as a permanent attraction after the close of the fair. It has nine large spheres inter-connected to form a body centered cubic crystal of iron. The spheres are connected by tubes which enclose escalators that transport visitors to the exhibit halls, public spaces, a restaurant, and even a dormitory for visiting children. This 335 foot tall structure was designed by André Waterkeyn, and symbolizes the peaceful use of science in the post World War II era.