Architecture: Atomium (Iron Crystal Building)

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Atomium before renovation. The renovation was completed in early 2006. image source ©

Atomium is build in 1958 for Brussel's World Expo. It is located in Brussels, Belgium. Google Map

The building is 103 meters high. It has 9 spheres, each 18 meters in diameter.

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The spheres are interconnected by tubes with escalators inside. The longest such connection is 35 meters.

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Atomium in 2006. (after renovation) image source ©

The spheres are arranged in like the coners of a cube, with one in the center. It is the same structure of iron crystal.

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In a less gloomy state. image source ©
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UFO window. http://www.flickr.com/photos/frank-wouters/109424831/in/pool-atomium58/ ©