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Saturday afternoon was I in Antwerp specially for take pictures, but a pity the weather was bad, rain in forenoon, and showers in the afternoon.
I took than interior pictures in the banquet hall that is a very nice shopping centre and also for to drink a good cup of coffee or maybe a good Belgian beer.
You can see on the picture that a lot people enjoyed of these place.
Visitors in future not forget to bring, a visit to these wonderful banquet hall.
Sorry I am no habitant from Antwerp, but a stranger and man from East Flanders.
I hope you enjoy.
A banquet hall for Antwerp
At the end of the 19th century, Alex Van Mechelen, the City Architect of Antwerp, was asked to create a large banquet and exhibition hall in the heart of the city. After investing 400,000 Belgian francs in a project involving eight years of hard work, the Antwerp Stadsfeestzaal opened on 22 June 1907 and was inaugurated on 8 February 1908. From then on, it was used for all kinds of festivities: exhibitions, trade fairs, balls, school parties, visits by Saint Nicholas, etc. In 1983, the Stadsfeestzaal was officially declared a listed building.
After years of intensive use, municipal authorities thought that the banquet and exhibition hall deserved a new use. As part of the Mercurious Project intended to upgrade Antwerp’s shopping circuit, the City of Antwerp signed a contract with Multi Development in September 2000 for the complete redevelopment of the block of buildings on Meir, Hopland, and Kolveniersstraat, along with the complete restoration and integration of the Stadsfeestzaal.
Fire and reconstruction
In December 2000, a disastrous fire destroyed practically the entire Stadsfeestzaal. The only elements remaining were the steel roof construction, the concrete structure of the historical stairway, and the historical facades of the building. This meant that the redevelopment schedule was greatly delayed and a long process of obtaining all kinds of permits could begin. By the summer of 2004, Multi Development had definitely acquired the entire project for converting the Stadsfeestzaal.
The real work could start in November 2004. Old buildings were torn down and more than 2000 lorries were filled with soil and driven away. Construction workers even discovered the bones of a whale! By the end of 2005, the outer dome had been installed and the precision work could begin: the application of gold leaf to the countless ornaments in the historical main hall. This precise, time-consuming work would take 18 months to complete but would provide the Stadsfeestzaal with its truly spectacular finished look. In October 2007, Shopping Stadsfeestzaal opened as a unique project offering housing, shopping and leisure activities.
When Shopping Stadsfeestzaal was completed, it realised three objectives: the creation of the final element in an enclosed shopping circuit running from Meir, Huidevetterstraat, and Schuttershofstraat to Hopland; the expansion of inner-city housing; and an increase in the number of parking spaces. Yet another goal – and perhaps the most important one of all – was for Shopping Stadsfeestzaal to become a landmark in the city that everyone living in Antwerp could be proud of.
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pajaran (66424) 2014-08-17 23:06
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan tekst o selu i arhitekturi sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled na enterijer ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan enterijer i trenutak sa posetiocima.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa gostima, lepe boje.
Lep enterijer i detalji.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-17 23:24
En cas de mauvais temps, il faut trouver des solutions de repli....et celle-ci est très belle. Superbe verrière.
rbassin (24343) 2014-08-17 23:26
Une magnifique photo d'interieur, superbe qualité de la lumière, des détails et des couleurs.
jemaflor (103749) 2014-08-17 23:33
Very beautiful and perfect light capture, interesting golden colors for the decoration o the ceiling, fine shrapness.
besnard (57286) 2014-08-17 23:38
On oublie le temps maussade sous cette belle verrière joliment mise en image.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
emka (107925) 2014-08-17 23:52
Hello John, Your note is funny for me. It happens very often to traveller that the weather is not like we would like it. It can rain or just be overcast sky. And we have to make photos, even if the conditions are not favourable. Man from East Flanders stranger in other Belgium town hahaha. I was in Antwerp some years ago and I didn't feel stranger. I haven't visited this shopping center, it looks very nice. Now such centers are like big temples - temples for shopping and meetings.
Superb interior picture,
WArm regrads from Warsaw
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-17 23:58
another top quality picture from you with great framing and perspective. The colours and sharpness superb as always. The presence of the small group of people on the right nicely balances the picture.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
seres76 (1078) 2014-08-18 0:19
As usual, an amazing photo. Good colors, perspective and pov. Tfs...
Tue (43948) 2014-08-18 0:51
Dit zullen vast geen makkelijke omstandigheden voor een foto zijn geweest, maar het resultaat is zeer geslaagd. Prima scherpte, uitstekende kwaliteit.
Silvio1953 (154291) 2014-08-18 1:06
Ciao John, great perspecive on fantastic interior, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvii
ourania (51103) 2014-08-18 1:51
the bad weather led you to look for new photo opportunities, that day you were an explorer of the interiors. This is a vivid and pleasant presentation of a large and elaborately decorated hall. A lot of people are enjoying the place, your picture has great depth and clarity each detail and individual is distinct. I like the mild, warm colours and the fine, diffused light. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
holmertz (59812) 2014-08-18 3:22
This is truly a magnificent hall, an extraordinary place for a coffee or a beer far more beautiful than the average pub. It is no surprise that lots of people visited this hall if the weather was so bad. The large glass ceiling spreads the light evenly through the room. The two red lamps add a bright colour and also frame the view of the visitors very nicely.
tyro (26142) 2014-08-18 3:41
You have, as always, written a very interesting note about this place and provided us with a magnificent photograph.
The huge glass roof has provided you with plenty of light and that brings out all the details in the magnificent gold work on the ceiling and also in the crowds of people within this lovely building. Your composition is excellent and I love how you have used the two bright red lampshades to good effect to provide a fine "lead in" to the distant domed area with the pillars.
Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
lousat (98389) 2014-08-18 4:08
Salut John,s'il pleut a l'exterieur pas des problemes...ehehe..il y a des magnifiques interieurs a capturer a Anverse comme je peu voir,une image spectaculaire,bien exposee' et tres riche et interessante,pour le soleil il sera pour la prochaine fois..ehee..belle journee' et merci,Luciano
maria-v1981 (10964) 2014-08-18 4:09
Wonderful architecture shown off here in your beautifully sharp image. The light balance is excellent here, the exposure levels are very very good. All the details are amazing.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-18 4:32
Yes the weather has been a bit changeable this last two weeks, but at least it has given you the opportunity to take this wonderful shot of this decidedly baronial interior. It looks so inviting and is obviously popular.
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
dekanski (6122) 2014-08-18 4:33
Obviously a great place, but (like everywhere else) does not smokers friendly.
pierrefonds (71783) 2014-08-18 5:30
The length of the banquet hall is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the architecture of the banquet hall. The surrounding light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
danos (103216) 2014-08-18 5:39
great the light and the colour management of the interior shopping center,with the people to enjoy their stay there.I like the excellent presentation as the superb quality of the photo.
Sergiom (89387) 2014-08-18 5:39
Une photo très difficile à réussir aussi bien. Il y a beaucoup de lumière qui entre par la verrière et l'endroit possède une certaine majesté.L'ensemble est d'une netteté parfaite.
cornejo (47350) 2014-08-18 9:35
Hi John, very good photo of this interesting scene of daily life in a beautiful space, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain
Waylim (25436) 2014-08-18 10:10
A very different kind of photo from you, yet another excellent quality shot. Most impressive are all the wonderful details on the ornate and beautiful decoration on the ceiling. wonderful light from the transparency ceiling.
jacquest (19047) 2014-08-18 10:56
You have made a very good interior shot here with a masterful control of the light, and I should say also of the crowd which you kept anonymous. The two red lamps make a nice framing to the scene and add color.
JanArie (657) 2014-08-18 13:11
zeer mooie interieur foto van de Stadsfeestzaal. Mooie POV met de mensen onderin en de hoge artistieke plafonds.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-08-18 14:18
une belle photo d'intérieur lumineuse et très colorée. Un très joli contraste avec le temps gris de l'extérieur. Merci pour le partage.
Royaldevon (43985) 2014-08-18 15:11
Maybe for us, it was fortunate that it was raining outside, otherwise, we would never have seen this very attractive interior.
Alert to the possibilities, you have used the two red lamps very effectively in this very well composed shot.
I love the ceilings, beautifully ornate and probably the source of the good light.
Did you have a means of support or was the photograph taken hand held?
I am impressed!
My warm regards,
carlo62 (55852) 2014-08-18 15:23
un centro commerciale di grande stile, unisce il commercio alla bella architettura.
Un luogo molto interessante dove passare un po' di tempo al coperto.
La foto è eccellente, ottime luci e grande profondità, le persone sono indispensabili per il carattere dell'opera.
PiotrF (23138) 2014-08-18 16:43
very interesting place in Antwerp.
This is a very good picture of the inside of the old building.Perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.Excellent detailed picture.
Thank you for the detailed notes.
Alco (7537) 2014-08-18 20:06
Very nice interior of that shopping centre. Beautiful architecture and décorations on the walls. I like that contrast created by the two red lamps. People are not disturbed by the photographer. Very well done.
Have a nice day.
omid266 (6750) 2014-08-18 20:43
Hi dear John,
A perfect shot,the place taken is really spectacular with fine colours,
another admirable post and Thanks!
** Warm Regards, **
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-08-18 23:14
You narrated very well of ambiance and the history of banquet hall for Antwerp and selection from a perfect position where you captured it. Superb clarity and very natural color.
with deep regards,
shreya2000 (2799) 2014-08-18 23:20
Dear John Sir,
Very energetic atmosphere catch by you. The colours are superb. I like the way the people are enjoying.
Nicou (152204) 2014-08-19 2:06
Fantastique image quel intérieur superbe quelle architecture et cette coupole qui laisse entrer la lumière fantastique image et compo.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (107596) 2014-08-19 6:39
Nice scene from daily life.
I like frame, colors and light.
Have a nice afternoon
ikeharel (79317) 2014-08-19 8:23
Good evening John,
Outside light from above was well collected, and surely enough to give a spercial glow over great hall.
People added vibrant scale, and the combination of the white modern statue mounted with the more ancient style walls on the background's.
Fine taken interior photo.
jcpix (13950) 2014-08-19 20:36
Keep a close eye on your mail, I've also sent you and Cricri some Arizona sun. :) What better way to spend a rainy day indoors, this is a lovely setting with so much open space and warm colors to sit back and enjoy in the company of friends. You don't have to be from Antwerp to show what makes it worth a visit, and this is proof of that! I really like how you utilized the red lamp shade in the foreground of this composition, linking it with the other and aiding in the perception of depth. Smooth, even light and congenial atmosphere well conveyed. Enjoy the new day. Take good care.
aliabazari (16304) 2014-08-19 22:45
Hi John dear
A good shot of the banquet hall. I love this shot of people's daily lives. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing
mcmtanyel (29806) 2014-08-19 23:16
What an opulent banquet hall and what a beautiful interior photo! Congratulations & TFS!
mkamionka (40183) 2014-08-20 4:39
very elegant interior and a beautiful presentation of it. I really have to try photographing interiors more often, this photo encourages to do so. Lovely atmosphere, plenty of colorful people enjoying the place. Nice asymmetrical composition.
bbarna (1219) 2014-08-20 5:44
Very elegant place for a shopping centre, there is nothing like this at the American shopping centres. The picture is technically and artistically perfect as all your pictures. TFS
All the best,
resat1972 (7586) 2014-08-20 11:18
spectacular interior work
the colors are lovely
a live photo
jmdias (69340) 2014-08-20 17:29
interesting details of this internal view. looks like the light was correct here and you got lots of marvelous details of the place, people and adornments.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-08-21 2:56
This is a nice shot of this ornate shopping mall. The angle of the shot works well showing us the ornate ceiling. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has nice sharpness.
macjake (73063) 2014-08-21 4:40
i don't think we get too see many indoor photos of shopping malls from you :)
but this photo has great lighting and exposure for being indoors!
lots of color, lots of activity, lots of interest.
adramad (50038) 2014-08-21 7:55
Fantastic composition interior with this magnificent mall, which offers beautiful architecture, the image centered on coffee, brings great vitality and a great atmosphere to the image.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I like it
Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (58336) 2014-08-21 8:00
Wonderful shot with immense details using natural light making the ambient special. The natural tones have further enhanced its uniqueness and style of the architecture. The view point has greatly accentuated the depth to great effect, pin sharp throughout and good contrast. A happy beautiful shot!!
rychem (43462) 2014-08-21 8:55
Fantastic clear photo, beautiful architecture with rich details, splendid photo of this "Shopping temple"
dale54 (9184) 2014-08-21 12:41
john hello...excellent note my friend..for one amazing shot! i love these 2 red lampshades to balance this scene out..perfect! have a great day! dale
photoray (13981) 2014-08-21 15:56
Beautiful what we Yanks would call a "shopping mall", converting the classical exhibit hall with a half dome at the end supported by elaborate columns, immense curved glass ceiling, and fancy gold art designs. The middle restaurant is ideal for relaxing and people watching, then the stores lining the interior.
Thanks for sharing,
clic (18578) 2014-08-21 16:24
I just read the exif data of your camera for this perfect indoors picture and it is said "Manual exposure".
So, many compliments if you can guess in a advance the right exposure; the tonal depiction is 'top notch'.
Or do you rather use the 'try and error' technique, which takes a long time to set the camera?
I always use auto exposure and compensates in Photoshop
for camera errors.
The light diffused by bad weather, coming through the skylights, conveys an allover soft depiction on this magnificent scenery.
berek (50508) 2014-08-21 22:31
A beautiful picture of interior, superb light quality, details and colors. İmpressive architectural details.
claudeD (41916) 2014-08-21 23:14
wow! what an amazing interior architecture shot which is perfectly balanced. Very fine light managment and sharpness. I like your fotojob here very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mesutilgim (97752) 2014-08-22 3:40
Very nice interior capture from Antwerpe with perfect layout and light management.
Again many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice weekend
gildasjan (43824) 2014-08-22 5:15
La scène baigne sous une bonne lumière grâce à cette voûte vitrée.Il y a de l'ambiance,c'est vivant et animé.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-08-22 7:27
Very festive place and I would in there taking pictures of people enjoying themselves. Beautiful ceiling, nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. I like the gold colors. Well done, tfs.
COSTANTINO (70282) 2014-08-22 9:06
Hello dear friend
vivid and pleasant presentation of the hall
of a very nice shopping centre
I like people sitting there and enjoyed
this place the presence of the people
and the delicate details animate
this scenery adding beauty movement
have a nice time
fritzi007 (12518) 2014-08-22 12:13
exzellentes Foto, sehr guter Kommentar,gut gemacht!
alvaraalto (20704) 2014-08-22 12:34
Toen ik deze foto zag dacht ik dat je misschien vanwege het slechte weer naar binnen bent gevlucht en dat bleek nog waar te zijn ook. Ik in Haarlem was het vandaag meer dan verschrikkelijk. Hoewel ik je veel zon toe wens, mag het toch ook wel eens regenen want het heeft deze schitterende foto opgeleverd.
goed weekend, Rob
PaulVDV (32799) 2014-08-22 22:07
Dit is werkelijk een prachtig interieur en het oogt warm en gezellig.
Augustus biedt ons weinig mooi weer en je maakt van de nood een deugd door ons dit schitterend binnenzicht aan te bieden.
Ik houd van deze koepels en de prachtige kleuren en motieven.
Uitstekende compositie en diepte.
Vele groeten, Paul
batalay (40523) 2014-08-22 22:58
A warm and welcoming scene in Antwerp. Your note complements the scene very effectively. I like the dramatic splashes of color created by the red lampshades.
Have a good weekend, John,
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-08-23 4:08
very nice interiors, i like the light management you had and colors.
Buin (42522) 2014-08-23 8:52
An allover interesting and worth reading and worth seeing contribution! Yes, this must be a wonderul place to have a rest in the city's hustle and bustle. I like especially how you handled the light here Great!.
Greetings from cool and today even thundery Westphalia!
Have a nice weekend!
halikarnas (8128) 2014-08-24 8:20
Senden çok şey öğreneceğiz.
Harika bir netlikte iç mekan fotoğrafı
ruisc_pt (11090) 2014-08-25 11:16
Nice details and a good daily life composition.
Didi (60590) 2014-08-25 23:59
Bonjour mon ami
Très belle intérieur avec une bonne lumière diffuse qui met en valeur le riche décor
Rafer (0) 2014-08-31 4:40
Oh¡¡ my friend.. marevellous shot's in your gallery..... its a pleausure¡¡¡ Greetings¡¡¡¡¡¡
branley (3681) 2014-09-02 7:21
A fine interior shot, well exposed John. It's a beautiful hall with a very fine decor.....
daddo (28186) 2014-09-05 2:23
Very convivial shot of this interior John. Great exposure and sharpness of image. Nice to see people enjoying the drinks, food and company in this impressive and attractive environment, a place built when architects had some sense of beauty. Regards. Klaudio..
carper (96) 2014-09-05 11:26
ik dacht even aan het station, mooie foto John, goed gemaakt, er is genoeg te zien fraai werk weer.
stego (24132) 2014-09-10 17:55
It's amazing how you show your mastery in composition and light management present in all your landscape photos in thsi interior scene. Besides that, you captured very nicely the atmosphere of the place, with all those people.
TFS, regards, José.
fabbs99 (17179) 2014-09-10 23:15
Great panoramic view of the Antwerp banquet hall.It is truly a beautiful place.Excellent image quality with great clarity and sharpness. TFS.
unclehotshot (4002) 2014-10-30 8:12
How are you today?
I was looking in your huge gallery again... and I always find jewels. This one is really nice and interesting. The composition is very nice showing an interior of the banquet hall of Antwerpen. Light is superand there are many nice details. I like the red lamps.
kordinator (15433) 2014-11-28 0:41
Great perspecive on fantastic interior.
Wonderful architecture details in your beautifully sharp image.
A splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Haymotion (2759) 2014-12-05 22:11
Magnifique voûte trèd bien capturée.
Angle de vue judicieux qui rend bien le grandiose de cet endroit et qui nous fait prendre conscience de dimension de cet édifice.
Matyas (0) 2015-05-18 0:53
Hello John! A lot of people. Fine architecture. Fine interior. Good brightness and colours. Good cut and frame. Splendid work. Regards!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (161079)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-17 23:02