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 ship?

Look at the postcard on the right. It does indeed look like part of a big ship? Look at the picture of a ship below and compare them. What have they in common?

Click on the postcard to see the message on the other side.

What do you think these huge funnels are used for?


Click on this postcard to see the message on the other side

A big battle ship

If you look closely you will see that the photograph used for the postcard was taken on a street? Can you see the street light beside the funnels? These huge funnels carry air in and out of the building. So, we know now that the photograph sent to us is not of a ship.

Do you think these giant air funnels are ugly? Or, do you think the architects had great imagination?


No! It is not a ship.

So, it is not a ship!

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?

Could it be a roller coaster?

Is it a 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!