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Keywords Change this

Modernism

Project timeline

1960 – 1963

Type

Office

Location Change this

Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 162
2020 Antwerp
Belgium

Current state

Original

Also known as Change this

Axa-Royale Belge Tower

Architect Change this

Client Change this

British Petroleum

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
March 08th, 2020

BF Builiding Change this

Antwerp, Belgium
by Paul De Meyer, Léon Stynen Change this
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Completed in 1963, the BP Building is a feat of engineering. The floor slabs and facade grid are supported by steel cables hanging from nine cross beams at the top of the building, which are in turn supported by two main beams sitting on the concrete core.

This hanging system allowed Stynen to create a largely column-free design with extensive glazing on the facade, making the internal layout more flexible and brighter than a traditional office building. It also allows the main body of the structure to sit above an entrance with a much smaller footprint. Although no longer occupied by BP, the oil company that commissioned the building, it remains known locally as the BP Building.

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