Concrete walls (1958_1980). 


Temporary exhibition on 3 floors / temporary exhibition Spheres (levels 3, 4 & 5)

>>> 16.12.2011 - 15.04.2012



As part of its series of exhibitions dedicated to architecture and design after 1958, the Atomium proudly presents ARCHITECTONIC. Concrete Walls (1958-1980). This exhibition is a great opportunity to learn about the technical aspects and aesthetic dimension of a major, fundamental element of post-war Belgian and international architecture. Once again, the Atomium’s aim is to familiarise people with modern architecture. 

Until the 1970s, an elegant concrete arrow reached out from just a few hundred metres away from the Atomium. The Civil Engineering arrow, a tribute to the glory of Belgian engineering, impressed many a visitor. On the Heysel Plateau, this was not even the only example of the architectural majesty of concrete. As World Fairs were determined to refl ect a century that was proud of its progress, Hall 5 of the 1945 Expo had already demonstrated the indulgence that this new material would allow. 
It was therefore obvious that the Atomium, the symbol of Expo 58, would be the perfect setting for this wonderful exhibition. The aim of ARCHITECTONIC. Concrete Walls (1958-1980) is to bring back a major architectural material that was used in architecture from 1945 onwards. Often criticised, synonymous for some with BrusselisationARCHITECTONIC. Concrete Walls (1958-1980) tells visitors the important story of concrete in architecture. In the many urban developments that Brussels has lived through over recent decades, from housing to community facilities, as well as offi ces, today more than ever, concrete plays a vital role. 
Concrete has the ability to surprise ! It amazes with the excitement and the rhythm of its façades and structures that sum up our everyday lives. Since the beginning of the last century, concrete has gradually made its mark on architecture for better and sometimes for worse ARCHITECTONIC. Concrete Walls (1958-1980) is spread over three fl oors to dazzle visitors and help them truly appreciate the architecture of the Belgian buildings that we use every day. 
After an interactive introduction, to help visitors understand what concrete is and what it can create in terms of architecture, there is a presentation of a number of symbolic buildings in Brussels and in Belgium, explaining the architectural poetry of a very modern material.











With this project, the Atomium is delighted to be able to inaugurate a new format for its publications. So there will not only be a catalogue, but also a reference book all about architecture and concrete. Packed with fascinating words and images, it will help visitors to get the most out of their experience at ARCHITECTONIC. Concrete walls (1958-1980). 
>>> Closed format 185 x 205 mm, 156 pages, coulor, 12 €.




Practical information



This exhibition is situated on levels 3, 4 & 5 of the Atomium (temporary exhibition Spheres).

>>> from December 16th 2011 till April 15th 2012


Opening times

Daily, from 10am till 6pm (closure ticket office at 5.30pm)


Entrance fees

The access to the temporary exhibition is part of the visit of the Atomium and as a consequence there will be no extra costs.

> see entrance fees of the Atomium


How to reach us

> different packages, as well as combined tickets (transport / entrance) offer you an easy way to reach the Atomium






Press file: download it here (PDF / 36Mb)

Photos : press and media are kindly invited to send an email to our communications department to obtain login and password to download the high resolution photos on this page.



> press contact : Inge Van Eycken / inge vaneycken atomium be / +32 (0)479 95 05 94

> project coordinator : Arnaud Bozzini /






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