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From 5th till to 8th june
Atomium - Heysel
EXPO ´58
In 2008 Brussels celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World Fair of 1958

The Brussels World's Fair was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958 and attracted more than 42 million visitors.

Cartel Expo '58 - 2 It was the first major post war World Fair – the previous one having been held in New York in 1939 when the German troops were invading Poland.

The Brussels World Fair, more commonly known as EXPO '58, was certainly the most extensive of all international events of the fifties in the scope of its exhibits. It symbolised a democratic desire for peace between nations, faith in technical progress (despite fears about the atom bomb) and optimism about the future of a modern world that promised to enhance people's lives.

To celebrate the anniversary of Expo '58 the organisers of EuroFeria are making a special feature of the Spanish Pavilion of 50 years ago with photographs and a scale model of the building.  This has been made possible with the help of the Spanish Embassy.

Make a note of the dates in your diary – 5, 6, 7 and 8 June 2008 and be sure to join us at the foot of the Atomium for a weekend of celebration and intercultural exchange.

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  The Spanish Pavilion

The Spanish Pavilion of EXPO '58, better known as the Hexagon Pavilion, received the exhibition's Gold Medal for architecture – an achievement which followed successes with Spanish architecture in other international competitions.  Its two young architects, José Antonio Corrales Gutiérrez and Ramón Vázquez Molezún have since designed some of the best modern buildings in Madrid.

The Pavilion was based on a very ingenious system of hexagonal modules supported by central columns which doubled as down-spouts for rain-water. The various elements were easy to assemble and could easily be adapted, vertically and horizontally, to accommodate irregularities of the ground.  The design made it possible to incorporate already existing trees within the pavilion.

The Hexagon Pavilion is one of the best examples of 20th century Spanish architecture – a fact that was recognised by the award it received at EXPO '58.

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Pabellón Hexágonos