Friday, February 21, 2014

Atomium, Brüssel

Atomium... What's that?!

The history about Atomium in Brussels goes way way back to the year 1958 when Brussels World's Fair called Expo '58 was held. The Atomium building was designed and constructed especially for this event by engineer-architect, André Waterkeyn.

Fun facts and figures to enlighten you all about Atomium
Atomium is made up of 9 spheres, connected together by 20 tubes, representing an iron crystal which is magnified 165 billion times.

Total height....................................... 102 m
Diameter of spheres.............................. 18 m
Diameter of tubes................................. 3 m 30 cm
Length of tubes at edges......................... 29 m
Length of tubes on diagonals.................... 23 m
Diameter of pavilion at base.................... 26 m
Total weight in 1958.............................. 2400 tonnes
Total weight after renovation in 2006......... 2500 tonnes
(Facts from Atomium Guidebook)

Samer and I taking a selfie under the Atomium with Anna, an exchange student that we met on the way to this "ball structure", a name given by her.. :)

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Entrance ticket to the Atomium for an adult is €11. With a student ID you'll only need to pay €8.

The Atomium offers a 360° panoramic view of the 19 municipalities of Brussels from The Panorama at level 7. If the weather is superb, you'll be able to get a clear view until Antwerp.


Permanent Exhibition
There's a permanent exhibition named "Atomium. From symbol to icon" which spread over 2 floors (levels 1 & 2) and the panorama (level 7). It tells the history of this pavillion and how it became the symbol of the city of Brussels and of Belgium.


Most of the spheres are connected by stairs. Only the Panorama at level 7 is connected via lift with a speed of 5 metres per second making it the fastest lift in Europe in 1958.

Temporary exhibition on level 3. When I was there, the temporary exhibition was called "Wow is Now : Innovative Objects of Today & Tomorrow. The temporary exhibition changes every 4 months.


View from the Atomium during sunset...Amahzinggg!

video
Here's a video of us going down the escalator from level 3.
Macam nak masuk spaceship ke apa entah.. :p

Stay tuned! 
Tschüss und mach's gut!

2 comments:

sully86 said...

interesting places as usual nabs.

Farrah Wahida said...

a good entry,feeling like I'm travelling around the world when reading yr blog.Keep it up posting good things and all the best in your studies.You inspire me to study hard and excel in my studies so that I can achieve my dream to study aboard.One day.... (Y)