Location Brussels, Belgium
Coordinates Coordinates: 50 ° 53’41 “K 4 ° 20’28” D
Height 102 m
Design and construction
Building engineer André Waterkeyn
The Atomium is a monumental building located in the Brussels city of Belgium, built for the Expo 58 fair in 1958.
Designed by André Waterkeyn. It is made up of 102-meter (335-feet) height, nine steel blades. It was inspired by the fact that the iron crystal structure was enlarged 165 billion times. It has become a symbol of modern Brussels architecture today, waiting to be closed for 6 months.
The spheres were connected to each other by 12 pipes and the escalators were used to make their way to the exhibition halls. The highest sphere dominates the panoramic view of Brussels. Each sphere is 18 m in diameter. In 2008, 3 spheres were closed in the hall and others can be reached by escalators. Elevators moving vertically are moving very fast. (5 meters / sec)
One of the original ideas for Expo ’58 is the upside down version of the Eiffel tower. Waterkeyn thought that the iron atom would better symbolize the age. Waterkeyn, however, stated that he designed the structure of the atom, which represents the modern age. It was built in 6 months after it was planned. After Fu’er, he became a symbol of modern architecture in Brussels.