World's Strangest Buildings
A 1958 World’s Fair leftover, the Atomium is far more eccentric than the 1964 Unisphere in New York or the 1962 Space Needle in Seattle. Conceived by an engineer, André Waterkeyn, it is a gigantic replica of an iron crystal molecule and was intended to symbolize “the peaceful use of atomic energy for scientific purposes.” Five of its nine spheres are accessible to visitors, as is its maze of interconnecting tubes.
Quirky Quote: According to the Atomium
website: “The completely steel-clad Atomium is a kind of UFO in the cultural
history of Humanity, a mirror turned simultaneously towards the past and the
future, comparing our Utopias of yesterday with our dreams for tomorrow.”