The Boerentoren (English: farmers' tower) or KBC Tower is the tallest building and the second tallest structure in Antwerp, Belgium (after the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal)). The building was constructed between 1929 and 1932 and was originally 87.5 metres (287 ft) high. It is considered one of the first skyscrapers in Europe; it was the tallest in Europe until 1952, and the tallest in Belgium from 1932 to 1967 (currently 18th tallest). In 1954 the tower was extended with an antenna which reached to a total height of 112.5 m (369 ft). In 1976, the roof of the tower was raised by 8.3 m (27 ft), and the current roof height is therefore 95.8 m (314 ft). The building is in Art-deco style and was designed by Jan Van Hoenacker.
External and references links
- Emporis - KBC Tower
- SkyscraperPage - KBC Tower
- VRT News site
- (Dutch) Tower Building in Antwerp