19 Mar '17, 8am

Joseph Luns was the first SG to have his photo taken with the NATO star, it was 1971

Joseph Luns was the first SG to have his photo taken with the NATO star, it was 1971

NATO’s forecourt sculpture, affectionately known as the “NATO star”, was a unique and recognisable feature of the Alliance’s first headquarters in Belgium. However, when NATO moved to Brussels in 1967, the headquarters was intended to be temporary, so the original construction did not include exterior décor. It was only after the North Atlantic Council decided, in late 1969, to make the Evere site a permanent home that the question was raised of lending a prestigious note to the empty courtyard of the main entrance. A NATO Working Group declined the initial proposal of constructing a large weather-roof at the main entrance. Instead they invited consultant architects to come up with an alternative solution to embellish the forecourt, known as the Cour d’Honneur. Following a suggestion made by the Greek representative of the Group, Belgian architect Raymond Huyberechts desig...

Full article: http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_136213.htm

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