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Atomium

Atomium, Brussels

General Information

Structural Type: Space truss
Function / usage: Exhibition hall
Completed in: 1958
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Brussels, Brussels-Capital, Belgium, Europe
Part of:

Technical Information

Dimensions

height 102 m
spheres diameter 18 m

Quantities

structural steel 2 400 t

Materials

building structure steel

Notes

The Atomium is built in the shape of an iron (Fe) molecule. The original design called for no supports, the structure was simply to rest on the spheres. Wind tunnel tests proved that the structure would have toppled in a 80 kph wind (140 kph is typical in Belgium!). Support columns were added to achieve enough resistance against overturning.

Participants

Engineering
Renovation (2006)
Contractor
Subcontractor
Steel supplier

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Internal Information
Structure-ID: 20000887
Created: 28/08/2000
Last Updated: 20/11/2014