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The Most Outstanding Art Nouveau House in Brussels – Compared to other European capitals, Brussels may be a small city, but that doesn’t stop it from being the center of a number of architectural wonders and heritage sites.
As an important Art Nouveau center and home to leading architects who pioneered the ornate style, it is no surprise that the capital city has its fair share of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings.
But next time you find yourself strolling around, be sure to look for this particular architectural gem: Art Nouveau houses in Brussels.
Built in 1893 by Victor Horta, the Tassel House was the first manifestation of the Art Nouveau style in Brussels.
It was the first house in which Horta applied his theory – exposed metal structures, integration of decoration with structure, fluidity of space and skylights in the center of the building.
The house is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site and is currently occupied by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC).
The Autrique house built in 1893 by Victor Horta represents a major part of Brussels’ architectural heritage and an important stage in the evolution of architecture.
The house is renovated and houses the scenography created by Schuiten and Peeters, and it is a tribute to the private architecture of Brussels, with a touch of whimsy at the same time.
It is temporarily closed but is scheduled to reopen in January 2017.
Located in front of Cinquantenaire Park, Cauchie House is one of Art Nouveau’s most beautiful masterpieces.
It was built in 1905 by architect, painter and decorator Paul Cauchie, and houses many outstanding decorative elements, including the famous Art Nouveau engraved image.
With his wife, he designs and decorates the house, and that is why in the center of the facade you can see the words “Par Nous – Pour Nous” (“By Us – For Us”).
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Solvay House is the largest private house commissioned by the chemist Armand Solvay in 1894.
Here, Victor Horta manages to combine high quality materials with innovative techniques.
Using a variety of red and orange colors, Horta reinforces the luxurious and comfortable atmosphere.
A stone’s throw is the Ciamberlani House.
Designed by Paul Hankar in 1897 for the painter Albert Ciamberlani, it is the facade of the house that makes it so extraordinary with its spectacular carvings and two large windows on the first floor.
The house was renovated in 1927 by architect Adrien Blomme and now includes several Art Nouveau and Art Deco interior elements.
Located in Saint Gilles, the Hannon House was built by Jules Brunfaut in 1902.
This stately manor house features furnishings designed by Emile Gallé, frescoes by painter Paul-Emile Baudouin and magnificent stained-glass windows by Evaldre, who studied at Tiffany’s.
Since 1979 the building has belonged to the municipality of Saint-Gilles and is now occupied by the Contretype Photography Space which promotes creative photography and hosts regular exhibitions.
Just three steps away is Les Hiboux House.
Architect Edward Pelseneer designed the house in 1899 for the Symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff.
The house owes its name to the owl, two night birds settled in the crown of the facade.
The asymmetrical facade has a nice full color, the result of a combination of several materials – red brick and white and blue stone.
The combination of circular windows, alcove windows, and dark panes conjure up the nocturnal calls of birds of prey.
Victor Horta’s masterpiece, Van Eetvelde House was designed between 1895 and 1897 for Edmond van Eetvelde, a diplomat and secretary general of the Free State of the Congo at the time.
The mansion is arranged around a central lamp high above the smooth metal supports of a beautiful stained glass dome over a winter garden.
In 2000 it was added to the UNESCO world heritage list. The house can be visited as part of a guided tour of Brussels 1900 – Art Nouveau.
The Otlet House was designed between 1894 and 1898 by architect Octave Van Rysselberghe for lawyer and librarian Paul Otlet.
The facade is completely asymmetrical with a subtle play of volume.
Architect Henry van de Velde was responsible for the interior – such as the wood paneling and stained glass.
The house was renovated, and is currently the law office of novelist Alain Berenboom.
While reviewing the beautiful Art Nouveau houses in the capital, this list wouldn’t be complete without the home of the ‘Father of Art Nouveau’, Victor Horta.
Horta’s house turned museum is not only an ode to architectural style elements, it also allows visitors to see which unique designs were made in Horta’s own home and workshop over 20 years.
One of Art Nouveau’s most lavish achievements, the Saint-Cyr house was built by Victor Horta’s protégé, architect Gustave Strauven.
He built and designed this house between 1901 and 1903 for the painter George Saint-Cyr.
The narrow faade that is only four meters wide is rich in fine ironwork.
One of the most stunning elements of the faade is the circular loggia flanked by a wrought iron gable roof in Baroque style.
Architectural touches and ornaments bring a fairy tale atmosphere to the house
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