Atomium ad campaign cheekily takes credit for highest toilet in Brussels
Although posters at Brussels Airport claim that the Atomium has the highest toilet in the capital, that honor actually belongs to another building
High and mighty
“It’s all intended in a jokey way,” a spokesperson for the Atomium told Het Nieuwsblad. Amusing for sure, but not true. The Atomium toilets are a long way from being the highest in the city. That honour goes to Zuidtoren (pictured) next to the South Station.
That’s not only the tallest building in Brussels, it’s the tallest in the country, and home to the highest toilet. It’s on the top floor, 140 metres above the ground.
Zuidtoren was built in the early 1960s to house the government’s pension administration and was the tallest building in the EU, until the French built the Tour Montparnasse in 1972. In 1995, Zuidtoren’s glass panel cladding was replaced. It was built around a central core containing stairs, lifts and, of course, sanitation.
The so-called pensions tower is not the only competitor for the Atomium’s title. Rogier tower and the nearby Finance tower are both taller, as is the newly built Up-Site tower on the banks of the canal. That structure, 142m high, dethroned the Brusilia apartment building in Schaarbeek as the tallest residential building in the city.
Photo: Alan Hope