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    Posted: 20 May 2019 at 10:21
The Antwerp Tower used to be an office skyscraper that was built in the early 70's and didn't anymore meet the requirements that are put on modern offices these days. Energy consumption of the building was huge and it got the questionable honour to feature in the "top 20" of ugliest buildings in Europe

At this moment it's being fully renovated, which consists of a complete stripping, extensing the floors with ~3 meter on all sides and adding 4 stories on top. The new use will be luxury appartments and penthouses. It's supposed to be finished late 2020/early 2021.

Last Sunday it was "Open Construction Site Day" in Belgium so I subscribed to a visit of this tower. There were elevators up to the 10th floor (about half way up) where you could roam around and enjoy the views over the city. Unfortunately no other floors could be visited (especially the higher ones would have given even better views).

Unfortunately it was quite hazy, but here's some impressions:

1: Looking west over the old city

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2: Looking down on the Teniersplaats



3: Room with a view (to the north)



4: Also looking to the north



5: Keyserlei and the railway station



6: Looking down on the Keyserlei - Van Ertbornstreet - Quellinstreet crossing



7: The Kipdorpbrug crossing is still under construction (as well as an archeological site)



8: Looking down on the new Opera metro station (and the Teniersplaats)



9: They still have some work on the flooring



10: The outside of the tower, you can see how far they got adding the extensions as well as where the elevators brought the visitors


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 11:22
Interesting set.
I wonder if anyone has any photos of the building as it was before this refurbishment? I'd be interested to see it in light of its "top 20 ugliest buildings in Europe" status.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 11:37
Fully agree with Joe. Nice to see Antwerp from above .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 12:35
Thanks for the comments.

Here's a Wiki image from 2011

I never took one myself
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Pieter,
Thanks for the link. I've seen far, far worse. It's a typical 1970s tower and podium, and has a bit of design and articulation to its facade treatment. So many others of that era were totally unimaginative, or ugly brutalist.
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Okay - please soon show us some interior shots of the railway station, it looks like a phenomenal piece of architecture. As to this series, #6 for its interesting perspective and showing so many people and #5 for the greenway leading to the aforementioned structure are very nice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 13:05
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

I never took one myself


EDIT: found a shot in my library from 2013, taken from our daughter's 6th floor appartment in which you can see the original Antwerp Tower sticking up in the skyline.


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And Roger, you are absolutely right, that railway station is a real "Railway Cathedral". We even had a Dyxum meeting there once where we arranged we could shoot there for a couple of hours with tripods: Dyxum Antwerp, oktober 17, 2010 and a few more can be found in the Antwerp City thread
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Post Options Post Options   Quote adhox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 13:33
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Pieter,
Thanks for the link. I've seen far, far worse. It's a typical 1970s tower and podium, and has a bit of design and articulation to its facade treatment. So many others of that era were totally unimaginative, or ugly brutalist.

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Well, it's good to see that they renovate instead of ammovate (old Amsterdam word meaning demolish en rebuild)
And it's fun to see it was open for public (#9 )
I like city views. Always fun to see if you recognize places you have been too. Which worked in #4 #6 and #7, that I like best for that reason.
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Hi Pieter,

I must admit that is a very enlightening idea from the Authorities and I wish we could do that over here - far too much "EU Red Tape" involved to do that, of course.

I think they are interesting shots - it's always fascinated me how our perspective on our surroundings change once we get to see them from an unusual angle such as this, and how the addition of height to the perspective foreshortens some of the more grandest buildings - Antwerp Station specifically.

A great time to be up there - although the floor in #9 is rather concerning - and as for ugly buildings, well; I guess one has to compare them to the best that parts of Brussels has to offer to sort that one out!

Thanks for sharing these and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:



And Roger, you are absolutely right, that railway station is a real "Railway Cathedral". We even had a Dyxum meeting there once where we arranged we could shoot there for a couple of hours with tripods: Dyxum Antwerp, oktober 17, 2010 and a few more can be found in the Antwerp City thread


Thanks, I enjoyed looking through the images.
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Fun, I walked around there just 2 days ago :p
Let's hope that the new tower won't turn out to be an eye-sore itself :)
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Originally posted by Winwalloe Winwalloe wrote:

Fun, I walked around there just 2 days ago :p
Let's hope that the new tower won't turn out to be an eye-sore itself :)
Two days ago? That was sunday, the same day I took the pictures. Didn't you see me walking around with the Dyxum badge on my bag?

Next time you're in Antwerp let me know, I can always treat you to one of our famous Belgian beers (or something else)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2019 at 15:56
This is a wonderful set of photos, Pieter!

And a great perspective and view of Antwerpen!
As you know, I love the RR Terminal and believe it is one of the most beautiful I've seen. I have fond memories of my RR journeys from Heidelberg to Antwerp for Technical meetings and Seminars at Pioneer Electronics European Headquarters there. I understand from one of your previous posts that it is no longer just a terminal, but Station with subways?

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