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Water tower Dikkebusseweg

Water tower Dikkebusseweg

Water tower according to the Hennebique system

The Ypres water tower along the Dikkebusseweg has dominated the landscape for almost a hundred years. It dates from the period of reconstruction after the devastating First World War.

To provide the inhabitants of Ypres with drinking water, two water towers were built in the 1920s: one along the Dikkebusweg and a second, almost identical one along the Meenseweg. However, the latter was demolished in 2015.

Concrete structure according to the Hennebique system

The water tower in Dikkebus bears witness to early concrete construction. The water reservoir with 600 m³ of water from the Dikkebus pond is supported by eight reinforced concrete support beams. These were assembled according to the Hennebique construction system. Architect François Hennebique was at the cradle of reinforced concrete structures.

Yet the concrete frame construction looks anything but gray or sleek. The ground floor of the water tower was closed with bricks and given an ornate balustrade, while the water reservoir was decorated with the Ypres coat of arms.

The water tower is now no longer in use. It was sold at the beginning of 2022 for € 130,000 to a project developer who wants to build lofts.

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