Brussels World and International Exhibition 1958 - Expo58

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April 17, 1958 - October 19, 1958

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Transport, Energy, Construction

Transport, Energy, Construction at the Exhibition Expo Brussels 1958

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Architect(s) : Jordon ,Donnay

This pavilion had two floors, one facing the Avenue du Ruanda where the main entrance was located, the other, 8 m lower, overlooking the tropical gardens.

In the hall, an electrically animated map of the Congo, covering an area of almost 100 m2, showed the importance of energy and transport development in the colony.

A gently sloping ramp led around the map to the lower hall.

To your right were grouped maritime and river transport, rail and road transport, to your left, telecommunications and air transport, and at the back, civil engineering.

Models of the ports of Matadi and Leopoldville illustrated, among other things, the activities of the maritime transporters, while the rail and road transporters exhibited a railcar, a special bus and a model of a road centre complex.

A post and telegraph office, operated by Congolese, linked Belgium directly to the Congo.

One of the main activities of telecommunications is air protection.

Air transport played a vital role in the development of this vast territory.

The Civil Engineering department was attached to the Transport groups as it creates the necessary engineering structures: bridges, roads, airfields, railways.

On the ground floor, you were informed about the development of energy and construction as well as the evolution of urban planning.

The groups of electrical energy and hydraulic energy, which are complementary in the Congo, allowed you to see the progressive electrification of this territory where one of the largest power stations in the world is planned: "Inga". The groups of Limestone Industries and Buildings and Dwellings worked closely together to underline the contribution of man to man in the field of housing.

The presentation starts with the extraction of limestone and its transformation into cement and ends with architecture.

The elements that ensure the comfort of the buildings also ensure a better condition for mankind.

From the patio where you ended your visit, you had an admirable view of the tropical gardens.

The Buildings and Dwellings had built a model house here, adapted to the climate of the tropics.

© Guide Officiel Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1958 - Desclée & Co