Brus­sels, Bel­gium (1958)

Atomium by An­dré and Jean Po­lak (ar­chi­tects); An­dré Waterkeyn (engi­neer)

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The coun­try that gave us René Magritte is full of sur­real sur­prises. But the Atomium – a building in Brus­sels made to look like the cell of a crys­tal, with ‘atoms’ con­nected by air bridges – surely takes the waf­fle. Con­structed for the 1958 Brus­sels World’s Fair, Expo 58, it’s now a retro treat and at 103m high, sur­pris­ingly big. In­side, a war­ren of stairs, es­ca­la­tors and nod­ules awaits, in­clud­ing a great view of Brus­sels. A won­der­ful cu­rios­ity, with a pleas­ing mes­sage of world peace and eco­nomic progress.

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