CDC – Chambre De Commerce, Stock Exchange, Antwerp, Belgium

The amazing Chambre De Commerce was the home to Antwerp’s stock exchange until its closure in 1997

CDC Chambre de Commerce, Antwerp, Belgium
 

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The Chamber of Commerce or CDC was the stock market of Antwerp and opened in 1531. At the end of the fifteenth century Antwerp was taking the role as a trading centre in the heart of an area of Belgium that was becoming an important international trading hub. The first building took the form of an open rectangular space enclosed by a covered colonnade. Built in a late-Gothic style to a design by Domien de Waghemakere, it was heavily inspired by the London Stock Exchange’s design by Sir Thomas Gresham. When it first opened it was claimed that “every nation” had a (more or less) permanent place in the CDC.

The building was rebuilt to the original plans following a fire in 1583 and the interior space was enclosed with a roof in 1853, designed by Charles Marcellis and modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. Just five years later the building suffered a second fire and was once again destroyed. Antwerp City Council held a competition to design the new building with the brief that the old concept had to be preserved. The competition was won by architect Joseph Schadde and his building was completed in 1872. It is described as being “a curious combination of neo-Gothic style and revolutionary techniques, especially the metal construction for the interior”.

In 1997 the Brussels Stock Exchange took over the functions of the Antwerp stock market, resulting in the closure of the CDC. The building has been empty ever since, with minimal maintenance being carried out. Plans to convert it into a hotel and function space have been made and building work has recently started.

Chambre de Commerce - The main trading area

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Chambre de Commerce – The main trading area

Chambre de Commerce, Belgium - Arched walkway around the central trading area

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Chambre de Commerce, Belgium – Arched walkway around the central trading area

Chambre de Commerce - View through columns

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Chambre de Commerce – View through columns

Chambre de Commerce - Ornate arches

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Chambre de Commerce – Ornate arches

Chambre de Commerce - Stunning detail

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Chambre de Commerce – Stunning detail

Chambre de Commerce - Booths

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Chambre de Commerce – Booths

Chambre de Commerce - View below the stunning arched walkways

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Chambre de Commerce – View below the stunning arched walkways

Chambre de Commerce - Sunlight and shadows

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Chambre de Commerce – Sunlight and shadows

Chambre de Commerce - Balcony level

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Chambre de Commerce – Balcony level

Chambre de Commerce - View of the ceiling

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Chambre de Commerce – View of the ceiling

Chambre de Commerce - Corner of balcony

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Chambre de Commerce – Corner of balcony

Chambre de Commerce - Mr Vestiaire

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Chambre de Commerce – Mr Vestiaire

Chambre de Commerce - Hall room

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Chambre de Commerce – Hall room

Chambre de Commerce - Chair in nice room

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Chambre de Commerce – Chair in nice room

Chambre de Commerce - Room with balcony level

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Chambre de Commerce – Room with balcony level

Chambre de Commerce - Grand entrance hall

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Chambre de Commerce – Grand entrance hall

Chambre de Commerce - Area with chalk boards

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Chambre de Commerce – Area with chalk boards

Chambre de Commerce - Office upstairs

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Chambre de Commerce – Office upstairs

Chambre de Commerce - There was an array of rooms for general admin

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Chambre de Commerce – There was an array of rooms for general admin

Chambre de Commerce - Empty but nice room

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Chambre de Commerce – Empty but nice room

Chambre de Commerce - Comfy sofas

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Chambre de Commerce – Comfy sofas

Chambre de Commerce - Nice staircase in adjoining building

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Chambre de Commerce – Nice staircase in adjoining building

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