The former transit area of the national airport, the Sky Hall, operational from 1958 to 1994, will be renovated. A budget of 2.6 million euros has been approved to improve the façade, stated Thursday Brussels Airport in a communiqué. The airport authorities are not yet certain what use will be given to the renovated building.
The Sky Hall and the terminals were built in record time in the sphere of the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. The former infrastructure of Melsbroek would not have sufficed to receive the number of visitors expected for that event, recalled Brussels Airport.
The Sky Hall, conceived by Belgian architects Maxime Brunfaut, Geo Bontinck and Joseph Moutschen, is among the classic textbook examples of Belgian modernist architecture”. It is “not only a building of importance for the architectural heritage of Belgium; it is also a symbol of the importance of commercial flights in our country,” stated Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
The building is to be restored while conserving its original allure. Works will commence at the beginning of next year. In the initial phase, the metallic structures and the glass structure of the front of the building will be revamped.