Maison Horta & Art Nouveau, Brussels
Hôtel Otlet, called one of the most pleasing examples of domestic architecture in Bruxelles, was built in 1894 by architect Octave van Rysselberghe (1855-1929) and Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) designed the interior decoration.
Located at Rue de Florence, 13 on the corner with rue de Livourne, close to Avenue Louise, it was the home of Paul Marie Ghislain Otlet (1868-1944), an author, entrepreneur, lawyer and peace activist. Mr. Otlet, a native of Bruxelles, is considered the father of information science.
Today Hôtel Otlet houses a law firm and is not open to the public. That stained glass transom (see photo #4) above the entry door is stunning.
Built for the chemistry magnate Armand Solvay (1865-1930), this large townhouse is considered Victor Horta’s masterpiece. Solvay granted Horta unlimited creative freedom and an unrestricted budget to complete the project as a home for his new bride. It has been perfectly maintained since it was built between 1894 and 1898.
Located on fashionable Avenue Louise, the townhouse has undergone a restoration. Facing southeast, this Art Nouveau-styled house is listed on the World Heritage List.
The Ultimate Hallucination is the translation of the Brasserie-Restaurant’s name you will find in the Koningstraat (or Rue Royale) # 316, close to Sint Joost ten Node.
You can just hop in for a drink or for a quick lunch during the week days.
Or obtain for a dinner at evening
More detailed info about the restaurant itself you can find in my restaurant tips.
Here I want to tell a little more about the building and interior itself as it is one of the nicest Art Nouveau brasseries in Brussels.
As the explanation is longer then the space allowed I would kindly suggest you read the rest in the next tip.
Brussel is rich in Art Nouveau ('new art')architecture. Belgian architects like Victor Horta and Henri van de Velde were among the most prominent architects of the style. Especially Horta built many buildings in the city, mostly in southern neighbourhoods like St. Gillis, which is where you can find and visit his former house. Closer to the centre is this former kindergarten. He also designed the central railwaystation, but that can hardly be called Art Nouveau.
Maison Ciamberlani, designed by Paul Hankar (1859-1901) in 1897, was built on a double plot for the Symbolist artist, Albert Ciamberlani (1864-1956).
Facing north at Rue Defacqz, 48, off Avenue Louise, the house is best known for the enormous twin horseshoe-arched first floor windows. The exotic, colored imagery on the façade, executed in sgraffito, was designed by Ciamberlani.
I like how Mr. Hankar had his name and the date chiseled into a block of granite on the house’s façade. This is a private home and not open to the public.
Hôtel Hallet fits into the late Art Nouveau works of Victor Horta. Facing east, this private home was built between 1903 and 1905 for the lawyer Max Hallet, who had it built to receive his friends and clients in luxurious surroundings.
The all-limestone clad façade suggests Horta’s use of the classical Beaux Art style. On closer examination, the details the architect used, such as the sensuous curves, recall his earlier Art Nouveau buildings. The window surrounds and the grills over those windows give evidence of the style that made Horta famous, if it is in a more restrained application. It is a marvel of simplicity, the essence of Horta’s talent.
This is museum
Horta. Victor Horta was an outstanding architect of modern style (art
nouveau). He decided to build his own house in Bruxelles all in modern style...well...it
doesn't happen everyday to have a real masterpiece as house :)...you should see the interiors: they are just unbelievable!
The founder of the Art Nouveau movement designed and lived in an exquisite home in Brussels. The staircase and light fixtures were all wild with brass and copper tendrils. Very unique. All art lovers will enjoy.
We discovered this clock against one of the buildings, but I have no idea which building or what the clock is called. It is however really beautiful.
This Building just south of the Konningsplein is one of Brussel's finest examples of Art Noveau design
(Espace photographique contretyp)
Art Nouveau house.
More info in the travelogues of 'Art Nouveau in Brussels'
More info in my travelogues 'Art Nouveau in Brussels'.
Art Nouveau house and atelier of Victor Horta, now a museum of Art Nouveau.
Really worth a visit!
Another modern style house...look
at this door!