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André Waterkeyn, André and Jean Polak
location Brussels
function exposition space, pavilion
contributed by HJI

The Atomium is a modern monument in the Heizelpark in Brussels. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn for the International Exhibition of Brussels, that took place here in 1958, the Atomium is a steel structure that is half way between sculpture and architecture. It exists out of nine large spheres, each with a diameter of 18 meters. They are arranged in the configuration of a central cubic system and form an iron of cristal, magnified 165 billion times. Made entirely of steel clad with aluminium, the structure, at a hight of 102 metres and standing on three enormous bipods, dominates the Heysel plateau. The interior disposition of the spheres was being undertaken by architects André and Jean Polak. The Atomium was not intended to survive the Exhibition of 1958. Its popularity and success, however, ensured its place as a major landmark on the Brussels skyline.

me says:
im doing a project how long did it take to build
Tor Tor says:
Hi, I'm doing a school report on the Atomium, anything you think I should include?
Brussels city is the constitutional capital of the wonderful country of Belgium.Countries In Europe the Atomium is one of the iconic images of Brussels. It is really easy to get to by public transport take the Metro or tram to Heysel station. The 103-metre "335-foot" tall Atomium monument represents an unit cell of a iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times, with vertical body diagonal, with tubes along the 12 edges of the cube and from all 8 vertices to the centre.
Mumbi, India 07-Sep-10
Naomi says:
Thanks Kris, I've changed it. Very sharp!
Amsterdam, Netherlands 08-Feb-08
Bruxelles = Brussels (makes it easier to find other projets in Brussels)
Leuven, Belgium 07-Feb-08
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Atomium square 1
Project is public!
Opening hours Daily open from 10.00h till 18.00h. During summertime different opening hours.
How to get there? From Bruxelles central station take metrolijn 1A "Koning Boudewijn", stop station "Heizel".
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Completion 1958
Main designer, ArchitectAndré Waterkeyn
Interior architectAndré and Jean Polak
Client Belgische Metaalnijverheden
Project ID 1679
Latitude/Longitude 50°53'42N 04°20'28E
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