The most strange and unusual urban details Antwerp

Dam station

Damplein
Antwerpen-Noord

Dam Station is not in itself remarkable. It is a typical Flemish Renaissance brick building next to a railway viaduct. But what is unusual is that it was moved 36 metres in 1907 using an ingenious system of mechanical jacks and rails. This exceptional engineering project is commemorated by a series of enlarged old postcards displayed under the viaduct.

V2 weathervane

Heilige Geeststraat 25
Central Antwerp

Not many people have ever noticed the weathervane on top of a brick house opposite the Plantin-Moretus Museum. It represents the V2 rocket that landed in the Vrijdagmarkt in 1944, destroying the house on this spot and damaging the Plantin-Moretus Museum.

THE MAN IN THE WHITE DINNER JACKET

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Cogels-Osylei 45
Zurenborg

A man in a white dinner jacket stands on the roof terrace of a house in the Zurenborg district. The ghostly figure was placed there by an events agency based in the building.

Giraffenplein

Ploegstraat
Station Quarter

This is an unremarkable square at the back of the zoo. Or so you might think. But then you notice a giraffe’s head poking above the brick wall. Other animals can  sometimes be spotted through the windows set into the high wall on Ommeganckstraat.

CITY STAFF UNIFORMS

One of the original Antwerp Six, the bearded Walter Van Beirendonck looks fearsome. Yet this wild designer was commissioned in 2003 to design uniforms for Antwerp’s 1,900 city employees. Van Beirendonck decided to colour code the uniforms, so park keepers have green uniforms, street sweepers wear fluorescent yellow and museum guards wear brown.

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