Concrete trees

The historic La Boverie Museum in Liège has been expanded. The loadbearing support structure consists of precast exposed concrete components made from SCC and brightened with limestone powder from local quarries.

At first glance, one does not expect that this historic building, which is vaguely reminiscent of the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam when seen from the park, is actually a monument to modern construction technology. In fact, it is the world’s first building to have a foundation of driven concrete piles extending to depths of about 10 m. The subsoil consists of alluvial deposits, which is hardly surprising in an island set in a river: the Meuse, in this case. The building was erected as an exhibition pavilion for the first Belgian world fair in 1905. (The second - known for the Atomium - took...

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