FACTORY G

FACTORY G

In an earlier report I already introduced you to the beautiful Factory H, the younger brother of this Factory G. Of the four silo buildings that can be found here, this is undoubtedly the most beautiful and also the most interesting. It is the oldest of the cluster and was built in 1895 as one of the earliest realizations of Frans van Dijk, an Antwerp architect, who would later leave his mark on the architecture in the city.

Factory G is a grain warehouse with a dual function: storage and aeration. The building was equipped with two front facades with two towers, in which the grain was transported via “Jacob’s ladders” (a vertical conveyor system with a circumferential belt on which a continuous series of trays is mounted). Once at the top, the grain was transported via conveyor belts to the 144 vertical silos in the middle part of the building. The building suffered considerable damage at the end of the Second World War. The repair was a good opportunity to build a new and larger distribution floor. Three double portal bridges of reinforced concrete were installed in this open space as a function of horizontal transport. The silo buildings were admired and praised throughout Europe for the revolutionary way in which they could sort, treat and store grain.


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