Atomium Building Facts
The Atomium is located in Brussels at the Heysel plateau. This building symbolizes a crystallized molecule of iron. Its atoms are magnified 150 thousands million times. It is an international tourist attraction. It was created by the architect Andre Waterkeyn I 1958 on the occasion of the International Exhibition of Brussels. Now, it has become one of the major landmarks of the city. The structure comprises of nine large spheres that represent atoms. These spheres are joined by tubes. The structure is made of steel clad with aluminium.
Quick Facts: –
- The diameter of each sphere is 18 meter. The distance between the spheres is about 30 metres.
- Elevator takes only 23 seconds to get to the top sphere.
- Total height of the structure is 102 metres and total mass is 2,400 tons. It is supported by three bipods and coated with aluminium.
- There is a restaurant in the top sphere that has a capacity of 140 persons.
- It was not originally designed to be a permanent structure.
- This structure took approximately 18 months to build.
- The construction work started in March 1956.
- The top sphere provides the panoramic view of the city of Brussels.
- There is an urban square at the foot of the structure.
- The observation deck in the top sphere has a capacity of 250 people.
- Each floor has an area of around 240 square metres.
- This structure is flexible also. The upper sphere can move up to 18 inches.
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