The Atomium is a landmark of Brussels. It stands as a symbol for the nuclear age and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Atomium was built for the first world exhibition after the Second World War – Expo ’58. The chief architects were Andre and Michel Polak. In March 2004 the building began a process of renovation including replacement of the aluminium panelling with rust-free stainless steel panels. In February 2006 the Atomium was re-opened to the public.

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Atomium, Brussels

A Symbol Of Hope For Humanity

This is a purchase for 3d building models of the landmark building Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. You will receive the item as DAE, 3DS, C4D and SKP immediately after you have made payment.

The Atomium is a 335 foot (102m) tall structure built in 1958 and made of stainless steel that has been made to look like the shape of a single unit cell of an iron crystal magnified a stunning 165 billion times its regular size. The building, now a museum, is comprised of nine silver ‘atom’ spheres that measure 18 metres (60 ft) diameter and are connected by 3 metre (10ft) diameter tubes that join all revolving spheres to the centre. There are six spheres that are accessible via the escalators, stairs and central lift built within the tubes. The top sphere contains a restaurant with spectacular views over the capital city, while the other five spheres have been transformed into exhibition spaces for the general public and special school events.

It has become one of the most recognisable examples of modernist architecture and is a symbol of the hope and enthusiasm of the Atomic Age. It stands as a major iconic landmark of Brussels.

The History

This building was originally built in 1958 for Brussels World’s Fair, an expo that celebrated the hopeful union of technological progress with world peace that was felt after the end World War 2. Chiefly designed by architects Andre and Jean Polak, the structure was intended to be a temporary pavilion and symbolic icon of the fair that was to be destroyed after the event. However, its surprising popularity among the public saw it become a permanent fixture in the city.

Support beams were added to the building to stop it from overturning in strong winds and keep the crowds safe. A lift was installed in the central tube that enabled 22 people to ride to the top in 23 seconds – the fastest of its time. The escalators that are built into the surrounding tubes are some of the longest in Europe, one of them measuring an impressive 35 metres in length. The spheres were initially made of aluminium before being replaced with stainless steel during renovations in 2004-2007 to prevent rusting. It was during these extensive restorations that the building was given new outdoor lighting that transformed the exterior. LED lighting was added to the meridian of each sphere that allows them to illuminate and flash at night, symbolising electrons circulating around the atom nucleus.

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