Belgium Den Bell Antwerp

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
"Den Bell" (as pronounced by Antwerp residents) is a historic building on Antwerp South, on Francis Wellesplein. The building serves as an administrative building of the city of Antwerp (OCMW and various autonomous city companies), but is not intended for direct services to residents or companies. The International Bell Telephone Company was convinced by the Belgian government to establish itself in Belgium and a production unit under the Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company banner was opened in Antwerp in 1882 as the first foreign branch and headquarters of the communications company International Bell Telephone Company. Hugo Van Kuyck built Den Bell with the characteristic 13-storey tower in 1953. In the early 1970s it employed about 15,000 people. When Alcatel left the building in 2006, the Antwerp city council chose the complex as a nerve center for the city administration.

Since it is now a public building of the city administration, it is free to access.

The modernist tower building is the most striking and also the last added part of the complex. It's in this part of the building that this remarqueble staircase can be found and photographed.

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