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At a time when many people marvel of modern architectural feats, I am of the view that what is created today is worthless. New buildings that grow haphazardly everywhere (both in the city and in the suburbs or even in the countryside), I consider them as at best unnecessary and at worst as genuine visual warts.
The first example that comes to my mind is the famous (we wonder why...) Spanish architect Caca... sorry... Calatrava. His leitmotiv can be summarized as : white, pompous, which goes in every sense and absolutely not functional. After disfigured an entire neighborhood in Liège with the Guillemins station, Calatrava was "designated" author of a new monstrosity in Mons, planting a new filthy station which clashes completely with the square on which it is erected. I will not evoke budget overruns, nor the slow pace of work. Elio Di Rupo should know more than me...

So I don't like contemporary architecture. Seeming to be from the brain of an engineer rather than an artist, modern creations seem aggressive and invasive. The opposite of a place visited today.
Yet nothing seems to be friendly or harmonious in this huge hall, at least at first glance. By being a little closer, you quickly notice that all the structural elements are finely decorated, and despite the size of the building, we don't feel crushed. Without about the fact that over a hundred years after its construction, the hall is still in perfect condition.

Built in the early twentieth century, the hall T&T is part of a vast railway sector abandoned since the late 80. If parts have been renovated and re-allocated, the hall still awaits a good restoration and a new allocation that will perpetuate his future.
Home to some associations and various exhibitions, it's forgotten only a part of the time. Hopefully she will not end up in grape shot and replaced by a modern architectural error.

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The hall is divided into seven naves.
Only a few are totally empty.

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Everything is balanced and without excess.

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T&T is a finial of the Belgian industrial revolution.

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The kind of detail completely out of fashion.

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Here, colors are superfluous.

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Time doesn't seem to have control over the huge building.

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On the road again to other places.

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May 2015

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