1865 the liberal town council – largely influenced by the ongoing women’s
emancipation movement – deemed the time right for a school for higher education
for girls. The catholics were opposed to this idea, in which they saw a place
of sheer wickedness and a breeding ground for liberal thinking. After two years
of bickering the catholic authorities gave their blessing. Immediately the town
council issued a design contest and the design of two Brussels architects was
elected as the winner. Building started in 1874 and was completed in 1876. The
result was a remarkable building characterized by the imposing pilars,
supporting a broad triangular pediment with wide cornice, in which the coat of
arms of the city boasts. The classrooms are divided over two stories around a
central playground under a glass roof. After the merge with another local
school, the girls left the building and a nurse school settled here for a
while. Right before the turn of the millennium the building was sold to a
utilitarian company and has been vacant ever since. The institution intends
using the place as its headquarters, but in spite of the necessary builders
permits, start of the renovation has been awaited since the middle of 2016…
Skeleton Factory was originally a printing/publishing company. The
company was founded around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century in a nearby
city, but was moved to this location around 1935. It was the spot where the
family had its holiday home. In 1930 the owner of the company bought a pavilion
that had previously been used at the International Exposition in Liege and had
it rebuilt behind his holiday home. In 1935 he brought his printing/publishing
company here. In the years to come it would develop into the factory we now
know. The printing works consisted primarily of post cards, for the better part
replicas of his own pictures (he was also a photographer) of the Belgian coast.
A few years before his demise focus shifted from post cards to mainly labels.
His son, who was already a printer in the company, took over the firm, at which
point business started evolving into industrial printing. After the Second
World War the company was taken over several times by American multinationals,
but new investments were no longer made. In 2004 the business folded and the 46
remaining employees were out of a job…
The history of this college goes back to the
middle of the nineteenth century. As an answer to the severe lack of decent
and affordable education in the city, this catholic entrepreneur and landowner
started a school in 1862 inside existing buildings that were formerly used as
industrial spaces. In 1868 he donated the property to the nearby diocese. During
the next year, the school was expanded with a teachers residence. Between 1881
and 1883 all of the existing building, including the teachers residence, were
demolished and form 1883 onward a new school was built in neogothic style. The
building of this new school was largely funded by the former owner of the
property. Originally the institution was a secondary school that also provided
in agricultural education. By the beginning of the 1960’s the secondary school
moved into new buildings and this school only remained in use for the primary
school. After a merge with other schools at the beginning of the millennium all
of the buildings were vacated. In 2016 the chapel was destroyed by a raging fire.
According to old archives the property on which the present Chateau
Jumanji is situated, was sold in 1575 out of the estate of a nearby beguinage. In the early 1880’s the old castle was torn down and a new mansion was built
with the recuperated stones of the old castle. It was built as a sober,
plastered and painted mansion in neoclassicist style on a square footprint.
Around 1910 a remarkable winter garden was annexed in brickworks, but
completely decorated ith grey cement and decorated with imitation tree trunks
and artificial rocks. Climbing plants provide the whole with a true to nature
look. The winter garden was built by a company that specialised in artificial
rocks, caves and aquariums. The truly remarkable interior was conceived as a
cave with stalactites and stalacmites, holes with plants, shelves with
sculptures and built in mirrors to emphasize the spaciousness. Circa 1950 the
outside stucco was removed, which gave the mansion it’s present look. The property was classified
as protected heritage in 2002.
Today, i’m bringing you the cargo plane that is meant to face the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, the aircraft i’m talking about is the Airbus A400M Atlas.
With it’s first flight done in December 2009, the Atlas is designed to be a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities, it was brought to the market as a replacement to older turboprop cargo aircraft such as the Transall C-160 and the C-130 Hercules. The A400M is set between the C-130 and the C-17 in terms of size and that is one of it’s best features as it can carry heavier loads than the Hercules while still being able to land in rough landing strips.
Cargo transport is not the only thing the Atlas can do, it also has a configuration for mid-air refueling and MEDEVAC, if proper equipment has been fitted onto the plane.
As a result of development delays, the project faced cancellation but the nations involved with it decided to maintain the support as a result, the A400M was brought into life and in 2013 the first production aircraft was delivered to the Armee de l’air (French Air Force).
Some of the most notable fact of the Atlas is the material of the wings that is carbon fibre reinforced plastic to make the plane lighter than other transport aircraft, it’s engines features counter-rotating propellers, this means that each pair of engines in the Atlas wings rotate in opposite directions, this configuration, known as “down between engines” (DBE), allows the aircraft to produce more lift and lessens the torque and prop wash on each wing. It also reduces yaw in the event of an outboard engine failure.
Well, that’s it for this photo series, as always, if you want to send me any suggestions or photos, don’t hold back, send them to me and i’ll be more than happy to upload them!
Chateau de Brumagne was built halfway the 18th
century in classicist style. Characteristic for this style is the rather sober
appearance on the outside, which is countered by the sophisticated finishings
on the inside. A consuming fire in 2001 destroyed most of this finishing. The
oak panelling in several rooms was burnt to a cinder and the wallpaintings by
Piat Sauvage were washed away by the subsequent extinguishing waters. The
beautiful, detailed stucco by the famous Moretti brothers, dating back to 1760,
however is still visible under the fire damage. The castle that was owned by
several big names in Belgium’s political history, was also a favourite refuge
for the late King Albert I and his wife Queen Elisabeth. During the interbellum
they stayed here on multiple occasions. The king, a passionate rock climber,
fell to his death in 1934 in the vicinity of this castle.
history of this institution goes back to the days of Napoleon, who appointed
the castle as the beggars colony for this region. Such a colony harboured the
people living in the streets, who didn’t have any means of existance. In 1826
there were 236 people in this colony, most of which were incapable of working
in the fields. They were ‘blind, senseless, paralysed, deformed, deaf,
exhausted, or suffered from consumption, epilepsy or vomited blood’. The colony
was a village within the village: all the necessary crafts were there. There
was a farm and there was even an own fire department. As of 1920 the
institution was reformed into an insane asylum, which continued functioning as
an independent community. Shortly after this reform a substantial renovation
took place to meet the new needs towards nursing. The asylum sheltered the less
severe cases of insanity. In fact there was not a lot of treatment involved…
Halfway the 1960’s the institution got too small and a new building was
necessary. The move started mid 70’s and lasted until the end of the 80’s. Some
of the building that were vacated got repurposed. The castle is under
renovation, but the asylum itself is still in a state of decay. At the time of
my visit it had just been used for a wedding ceremony and the decoration hadn’t
been taken down yet, which resulted in a few fancy pictures…