Visual Arts in Primary School:

Looking at & Responding to . . Construction

Berlaymont Building Brussels Architect Lucien Devestel

Looking at & Responding to .... Construction ...Building Detective....What is this building? Is it a roller coaster?

Look at the photograph on the right. It does remind us of a roller coaster or a giant slide. However, this is actually a stairs on the outside of the building. All the glass enables the visitors to see into the building from the outside - a great place to hold exhibitions of modern art and sculpture.

Click on the sign in the picture to see the Welcome Message on this famous building. Examine the sign to see what county it is located in.


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Do you like the way the escalators have been erected on the outside of the building? What does this say to you? Does the architect want to make the building attractive?

What lines do you see? Do any of the lines form a pattern? Do you notice any section repeated? Click on the photograph to the left to get a more detailed view.


Is it a ship?

Is it a ship? Perhaps?

Could it be an oil refinery?

Is it an oil refinery?

Could it be a glass factory?

Is it a glass factory?

Could it be a famous office block?

Is it an office block?

Could it be a giant wind turbine?

Is it a wind turbine?

It is not a roller coaster

It is not roller coaster

When you have studied all the postcards you should be able to answer the questions in the Quiz

Do you know the name of the famous building already? Find out!