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KBC Tower
Antwerp Skyline, with Boerentoren on the right
Alternative namesBoerentoren
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Architectural styleArt Deco
LocationSchoenmarkt 35
Antwerp, Belgium
Coordinates51°13′07″N 4°24′15″E / 51.218611°N 4.404167°E / 51.218611; 4.404167Coordinates: 51°13′07″N 4°24′15″E / 51.218611°N 4.404167°E / 51.218611; 4.404167
Construction started1929
Antenna spire112.5 m (369 ft)
Roof95.8 m (314 ft)
Technical details
Floor count26
Design and construction
ArchitectEmiel van Averbeke
Jan R. Van Hoenacker and Jos Smolderen

The Boerentoren (English: "Farmer's Tower"; officially the KBC Tower, originally the Torengebouw van Antwerpen) is a historic tall building in Antwerp, Belgium. Constructed between 1929 and 1932 and originally 87.5 m (287 ft) high, it remains the tallest building and the second tallest structure of any kind in the city (after the gothic Cathedral of Our Lady). At the time of construction it was the second tallest building in Europe by roof height (after Telefónica Building).

Designed in Art-deco style, the Boerentoren is one of Europe's very first tall buildings. The Boerentoren remained the tallest in Belgium until 1960, and is currently ranked 21st tallest in the country. In 1954 the tower was extended with an antenna which reached to a total height of 112.5 m (369 ft). In 1976, the roof of the tower was raised by 8.3 m (27 ft), and the current roof height is therefore 95.8 m (314 ft).[2] The building was designed by Jan Van Hoenacker.


  1. ^ "Boerentoren". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ a b Boerentoren at Emporis
  3. ^ "Boerentoren". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Boerentoren at Structurae

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