THE ATOMIUM IN FIGURES


  • Spheres: 9, corresponding to the nine atom unit cell making up an iron crystal
  • Diameter of the spheres: 18 m
  • Mass of the spheres: approximately 250 tonnes
  • Distance between the spheres: 29 m
  • Tubes: 20
  • Diameter of the tubes: 3 m
  • Height: 102 m
  • Diameter of the base pavilion: 26 m
  • Mass: 2,400 tonnes during its construction in 1958, 2,500 following its restoration in 2006




A series of records

  • In 1958, due to its height, the Atomium is ranked the 6th largest built metal structure in the world.
  • In 1958, it had the fastest lift in Europe. It could carry 500 people an hour at a speed of 5 metres per second (18 km/h).  
  • In 1958, the escalators were among the fastest in Europe. The longest measures 35 metres and could carry 3000 people per hour.