Within 6 months from now, the Brussels' Exhibition '58 will be inaugurated. At this moment?
Within 6 months from now, the Brussels' Exhibition '58 will be inaugurated. At this moment the Exhibition is still one vast plant and the works are going on at the planned rythm.
The great attraction will be the Atomium, which is being built on the central avenue. The 3rd and 4th of the 9 spheres are now being mounted. The Atomium will be 110 meters high and a lift will take the visitors to the top.
At an other place, the visitors will see a reconstruction of Belgium 1900. A small city has been constructed in which we can see some Spanish vestiges with their scalloped roof-fronts.
Like some of the other constructions, the U.R.S.S. palace is a prefabricated construction and the work at the Heysel is therefore limited to the assemblage of the elements brought here from Russia by train or ship. The palace will be taken down in October 1958 and reconstructed in Russia to serve as a permanent exhibition pavillion. The section of the Soviet Union will be one of the largest of the Exhibition. It will cover 25,000 square meters.
For the U.S.A. section, the architect, Mr. Stone presented an audacious plan which will demand the application of entirely new techniques. The building, of circular form, will be the vastest of this kind ever constructed. The roof, of plastic material is suspended following a process of cocentric traction. The measures of this building are imposing: about 104 meters diameter and 29 meters high. Next to the circular pavillion is a theater with 1000 seats in which will be presented the best American realisations in the domain of music and theater.
Sir John Balfour, Commissioner General of the British section, choose a site near the Chateau de Laeken, where a vast complex is being erected. The principal building is reserved for the official British participation.
Inside this building is developed an history of Great Britain. This palace will have the form of three cristals, the arrows of which are the roof at a height of about 21 meters.
The architects Howard V. Lobb and John Ratcliffe wanted to built something unusual which will attract the attention of all visitors.
Besides these three buildings, we find also the Hall of Technology. in the entrance of this Hall will be exposed an experimental atomic reactor "DOunroy". Besides this history of Great Britain, the visitors will also have an history of all the countries of the Commonwealth.
An other palace of 6000 square meters, outside of the official United Kingdom participation, is dedicated to the British Industry.