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Discover Benelux |  Feature |  Brussels’ Art Deco

Some of Brussels’ emblematic Art Deco places David and Alice van Buuren's mansion It was between 1924 and 1929 that the Van Buurens, great art collectors, have their villa constructed, its brick exterior reminiscent of projects  carried  out  by  the  Amsterdam School. The interior constitutes a unique Art Deco entity, where decoration and works of art have remained untouched. The garden, of  exceptional  size  and  conceived  by renowned landscape architects, has been restored recently. It is open to the public.  Villa Empain This sumptuous villa was constructed by the architect Michel Polak between 1930 and 1934 for the young Louis Empain, son of a famous industrialist and financier. Restored, nowadays it houses exhibitions for the Boghossian Foundation. The building extends at the rear to incorporate a huge swimming pool.

Villa Empain, architect Michel Polak, 1930-1934.

Le Palais des Beaux-Arts (Palace of Fine Arts) Conceived  between  1922  and  1928  by the master of Art Nouveau, Victor Horta, thereafter converted to Art Deco, this monumental building is one of the poles of cultural life in Brussels! Recent work has restored its true magnificence. The brasserie at hotel Espérance This  hotel,  formerly  somewhere  for  discreet liaisons, tucked away in the midst of commercial thoroughfares, has retained its brasserie with typical interwar decor: panelling, banquettes, tuffets, bar-top, leaded windows...

Villa Empain, architect Michel Polak, 1930-1934.

Espérance, architect Léon J. J. Govaerts, 1930.

A journey through Brussels’ best Art Deco

Citroën Building, architects Alexis Dumont and Marcel Van Goethem, 1933-1934.

Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial Every two years Brussels organises the ‘Biennale Art Nouveau et Art Déco’ event on weekend days in October. It grants the public exceptional access to Art Nouveau and Art Deco interiors that are opened exclusively during this event. The next takes place in October 2015. www.voiretdirebruxelles.be

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Discover Art Deco and Modernist architecture in Brussels via six exploration routes on foot or by bike. Via very varied programmes of architecture, the works of essential architects are brought to life. The book offers a key to this heritage, blazing a superb trail through the streets of Brussels.  Bruxelles Art Déco (2014) by Cécile Dubois with photography from Sophie Voituron is available now from Racine (in French only) €25

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Discover Benelux, Issue 14, February 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.

Discover Benelux, Issue 14, February 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.