Is it July already? Time flies! The construction works in the Boerentoren are in progress as well at a fast pace. The floors containing asbestos are being further remediated and the non-original interior dismantled. What’s more, the concrete ceiling by star architect Léon Stynen (1899-1990), which was added in the 1970s, was recently uncovered. An architectural gem that had been hidden for decades! The escalators are also being dismantled piece by piece. Not easy peasy!
Enjoy these exclusive photos with glimpses behind the scenes by photographers Tom D’haenens and Kristof Vrancken.
Although we are restoring works of art, making exhibitions and writing books, you would almost forget that we still have a tower to rebuild! Take a glimpse behind the scenes of our future exhibition spaces in the famous ‘Boerentoren’.
After the official purchase in November 2020 and the key transfer in July 2021, the first decontamination works were started. Removing asbestos and dismantling the non-authentic interior are quite a job! In the meantime, we are having the final discussions with various architects and we will soon be selecting the winning design. To be continued!
All pictures: © Kristof Vrancken
In 2020, we received the greatest gift we could have ever imagined! Within a few years’ time, visitors will be able to enjoy our exhibitions in the most iconic tower of Antwerp and beyond: the ‘Boerentoren’ (“Farmer’s Tower”)!
Constructed between 1928 and 1931 in art-deco style and with a frame of 3500 tons of steel, the tower is a true architectural gem. Various famous architects, among them Emil van Averbeke, Jan Van Hoenacker and Jos Smolderen, were involved in the construction of the monument. With its original height of 87,5 m, the Boerentoren even was the first skyscraper in Europe.
The tower was constructed on the occasion of the World Exhibition in 1930 by the Middenkredietbank, who mainly managed the savings from farmers and the Farmer’s Union. This is why the tower obtained its nickname ‘Boerentoren’. The Antwerp icon later became property of Kredietbank and KBC, whose logo adorns the top of the tower.
In a few years, the Boerentoren will no longer be a financial skyscraper but a cultural tower. Wandering around our exhibitions with a spectacular view on the city center? Having coffee in the sculpture garden on the 10th floor? Taking the elevator to the highest floor and seeing the entire city of Antwerp at a single glance? It will all be possible soon! We look forward to start this exciting adventure together with you!