The most extravagant and astonishing example of Brussels Art nouveau is without a doubt the Saint-Cyr House, with its breathtaking steelwork being the most eye-catching feature. Masterfully decorated thanks to the abundant and sumptuous use of glass and steel on the 4-metre wide facade, this house is truly a stunning sight.
The house was built between 1900 and 1903 and was the home of artist and decorator Georges Léonard de Saint-Cyr. It was designed by the Brussels architect Gustave Strauven, who was a student of the legendary Victor Horta, when he was only 21 years old. Behind the facade, the visitor will stroll from one style to another: Art nouveau, Flemish Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Empire and will marvel at the sight of the Chinese room. Unlike the typical Brussels’ house with three successive rooms, the Saint-Cyr house is composed of two parts connected by a skylight providing light down to the basement room.
Thanks to Cécile and Augustin Siaens who open the doors of the Saint-Cyr House for the occasion.
Pictures not allowed.
Address and access :
Square Ambiorix 11, 1000 Brussels
Metro 1-5 (Schuman/Maelbeek)
Bus 28-61 (Chasseurs Ardennais), 64 (Luther), 60-63-64 (Ambiorix),