Monday, August 20, 2012

Odd Shaped Buildings: Atominum

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Odd Shaped Buildings

GPS: N50° 53.710; E004° 20.491

Quick Description: 

This 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo '58) building is gigantic replica of an iron crystal. 

Long Description:

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.

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