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). The Boerentoren is the second skyscraper in Europe. The first was the Rotterdam's 'White House' as it was the tallest office building in the city and Europe's first skyscraper of 43 metres in 1898!
Designed in Art-deco style, the Boerentoren is one of Europe's very first tall buildings. After it was completed it became the tallest building on the continent by roof height until in 1940, when the Terrazza Martini Tower opened in Genoa, Italy. 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). The building was designed by Jan Van Hoenacker.
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