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KBC Tower
Boerentoren, Torengebouw


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
applied masonry
light brown
art deco


commercial office
commercial office shop(s)


  • The 26th floor houses a water tank with a volume of 230m3. Today, this water tank serves as a buffer in case of fire.
  • About 180 000 bolts and 340 000 rivets were used in the construction of the steel frame.
  • Currently the lower part of the building has 13 elevators, while the tower itself has two.
  • The KBC Tower is frequently cited as 'the first skyscraper of Europe'.
  • About 4 700 000 bricks were used in the construction.
  • On January 6 1945, the tower was hit by a V2 rocket. Just like with the shell strikes previously, this did not damage the steel construction, but made a big hole in the façade.
  • The foundation of this building is a reinforced concrete plate, with a thickness of 2m under the tower and 1m elsewhere. This plate was placed on a first concrete base plate, required for equalization of the ground surface.
  • About 500 tons of steel was used in concrete.
  • The building was 87.5 meters high when it opened. In 1976 another 8.5 meters were added to the top.
  • The first time in Belgium steel was used in a building for the frame construction.
  • About 7000 m³ ground was excavated.
  • When finished, there were four elevators in the tower, which had a speed of 1.5 m/s and could transport all together about 10 000 people a day.
  • The building's elevators typically travel at a speed of between 1 and 2.5 m/s.
  • Foundation pressure under the harshest conditions, amounts between 3.4 kg/cm² and 4.1 kg/cm².
  • The roof required 900 m² or 6000 kg of red copper.
  • In 1981 the building became a National Protected Monument.
  • For the steel frame, which took about four months to be built, about 3400 tons of steel was used.
  • From September 5 to 7, 1944 about 50 shells from German artillery hit the tower.
  • The building was severely damaged by a fire in February 25, 1954. Floors 21 to 24 burned down and a newly added TV-transmitter was damaged.
  • KBC Bank, the owner of the tower since the 1930s, sold the tower in 2020 to logistics company Katoen Natie Groep which will renovate and transform the tower.

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35 Schoenmarkt
Schoenmarkt 35
Flemish Region

Technical Data

369.09 ft
314.14 ft
Feb 1929
Mar 1932
2021 - 2023

Involved Companies

Emiel van Averbeke

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
  • Observation deck on roof
  • Public parking is available
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