SAMGA, Silo A

THE ABANDONED SILO IN BELGIUM


In 1895 this SAMGA silo was the first silo built in Antwerpen. It is 100 meters long and 25 meter wide. Inside the building are 144 brick silos that can hold 25.000 tons of grain.

In 1895 Antwerp architect Frans van Dijk built this grain silo. It was owned by the SAMGA, short for ‘Société Anonyme des Magasins à Grains d’Anvers’. This company was founded in 1892.

From 1870 the Agricultural Invasion started. As a result cheap grain arrived in Antwerp by ship from America, Canada and Russia. The grain was manually removed in the port. Grain traders wanted to make it easier, more efficient and, above all, cheaper. So they made plans to built silos and automate the transport.

Towers

The original building had four towers on top of the roof, two on either side. Grain was transported up on both sides of the building, that makes this silo a unique building. After a V1 bomb damaged the building during the Second World War, the building was repaired and upgraded. Firstly two levels were added on top of the building and the towers where shortened. Secondly a new transport system was installed on the top floors. The system was replaced in 1977.

In 1939 a second SAMGA silo was built beside this one. Furthermore, a third silo was built in front of silo A in 1971. These photos of the abandoned Magasins à Grains are taken in 2011 and 2016.

Built 1895
Abandoned 2009
Endangered
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