IRON CRYSTAL – The Atomium

The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of 1958 (also named Expo 58). It was an expression of democracy and peace, hope for the future through science and technology. This symbol of Brussel (Belgium) was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn (1917-2005) and its a 165 billion magnification of an iron crystal cell.

The building stands 102 meter high and it’s made up out of 9 globes each 18 meter in diameter but you can’t call it a tower or block or anything you have seen before. When it was constructed they used aluminum, a popular material in the 1950’s, and the building was initially ment to last 6 month. Between 2004-2006 it was renovated and some materials were replaced by steel. The originally installed lighting on the outside of the globes are now led lights.

When you travel to Brussel go visite this monument, its big and futuristic. It’s amazing to see what people can do when they work together.

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