Venues


Maison de la Poste

Tour & Taxis began as Europe’s largest shipping and customs hub, with beautiful warehouses built at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. These buildings are an exemplary example of industrial architecture, as well as of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. They’ve been given a new life as part of a major project for sustainable urbanisation, making this pedestrian zone in the centre of Brussels an ideal location for events of all shapes and sizes. 

Maison de la Poste began as ‘Hôtel de l’Administration’, serving as ‘Tour & Taxis’ administrative centre for telephone and telegraph services in the early 20th century. In the 1970s the building was used as a post office, earning the name ‘Hôtel de la Poste’ in the process. In the 1990s it even housed a popular nightclub! Since the 2000s it has become one of Brussels’ preferred venues for private and public events. 

Maison de la Poste bears witness to Brussels’ rethought industrial heritage. The building evolved once more, as Maison de la Poste: one of Brussels’ most unique meetings and events spaces. 

Adress:
Rue Picard 7, 1000 Brussels

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Hôtel van Eetvelde

Victor Horta (1861-1947) designed Hôtel van Eetvelde as the private estate of Edmond van Eetvelde (1852-1925), diplomate, secretary-general Congo Free State and personal advisor to King Leopold II. The house was designed and built between 1895 and 1901. Horta considered it his ‘most audacious plan’ up till then.

The original House (Avenue Palmerston n° 4) was conceived as a steel structure, including the street façade. Two extensions were added during the following years, both conceived and built by Horta. 

In 1920 the building complex was divided in two and in 1950 the firm Figaz acquired n° 4 (original house + eastern extension). The bel-étage now houses representation rooms and the higher floors are offices.

Hôtel van Eetvelde was listed as a monument in 1976 and was inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2000. In 2015, the current owner Synergrid charged the architectural office Barbara Van der Wee Architects with a masterplan for a full restoration, of which the main aims were: conserving, adapting to the new use and to current technical standards and solving problems of building physics. The construction site took place between January 2019 and the spring of 2021. Further restoration works on the interior will be executed during a later campaign.

Adress:
Avenue Palmerston 4, 1000 Brussels

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Inventory of the architectural heritage

Max Hallet House

Built between 1902 and 1905 to the designs of Victor Horta for the lawyer Max Hallet, it marks the beginning of Horta’s transition to a more sober style of Art nouveau. The interior is magical with curves and counter-curves harmoniously reflecting on each other through splendid stained-glass windows.

On the ground floor there is a study, a living room and a dining room. On the first floor the family lived in a lounge, a study and large bedroom. At the very top of the house in the open loggia you can find a discreet music room.

The huge staircase is the heart of the house consisting of two flights of white marble stairs. It baths in daylight from the veranda on the first landing and from a huge skylight above the second landing.

The veranda is one of the special features of this house. The apses form an iron dome consisting of coloured and neutral glass. The entire height of the staircase, including the adjacent walls and ceiling, is decorated with a large painted frieze of intertwined rose bushes. This space was reserved for Madame Hallet who was passionate about plants and flowers. The original furniture has not been preserved. 

Thanks to Olga and Michel Gilbert who open the doors of the Max Hallet House for the occasion.

Pictures not allowed.

Adress:
Avenue Louise 346, 1050 Ixelles

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Inventory of the architectural heritage

Centre Tour à Plomb

The Tour à Plomb is a local centre belonging to the Department of Youth of the City of Brussels and dedicated to various forms of reflection, expression and creation, whether cultural, socio-cultural, artistic or in sports. As part of the local infrastructure, the Tour à Plomb Centre is primarily at the disposal of the inhabitants of Brussels, more specifically for the residents and structures (non-profit organisations, public services, institutions, etc.) of the Jardin aux Fleurs district.Built in 1832 in the heart of the city and next to the Brussels-Charleroi canal, the Tour à Plomb site is an industrial complex probably used as a magazine to stock gunpowder. Later it was adapted for the manufacture of lead with the construction of a foundry and a tower in 1898. A discreet feature of the Brussels urban landscape, the complex was from 1873, the property of the company Pelgrims et Bombeeck, who merged in the 1930s with the Fabriques d’Overpelt-Lommel et Corphalie to become Métallurgie Hoboken-Overpelt. Disused since 1961-62, then partially occupied by Arts et Métiers and the Bischoffsheim Institute from 1975 and by the De Mot-Couvreur Institute in the 2000s, the complex has been waiting for a new function…

With the support of Faouzia Hariche, Alderman for Public Education, Youth and Human Resources of the City of Brussels. 

Adress:
Rue de l’Abattoir 24, 1000 Brussels

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Vanhaerents Art Collection

The Vanhaerents Art Collection is a unique and comprehensive collection of contemporary art, assembled by Walter Vanhaerents and his children Els and Joost. It enjoys the individual approach to collecting of its founders, as well as their shared passion for new and provocative art.

The origins of the Vanhaerents Art Collection date back to the 1970s when a young Walter Vanhaerents began amassing his first works of art. Gathering pieces that were considered extremely fierce and radical at the time, he laid the groundwork for a collection that nowadays ranges among the most prestigious worldwide. The collection profoundly reflects the diversity and vitality of current art practices. Both established and emerging artists are represented in its holdings, with works in various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video.

The Vanhaerents Art Collection occupies a three-floor industrial premises built in 1926. The former sanitary warehouse, covering a total surface of 38,000 square feet, was repurposed into a lofty exhibition, storage and office space by the leading Belgian architecture firm Robbrecht and Daem.

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Vanhaerents Art Collection has decided to radically alter the ways in which it introduces its holdings to the public. Experimenting with innovative ways of linking the presentation and daily management of artworks, it has adopted the format of a viewing depot that naturally lets aesthetics and functionality intertwine.

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Adress:
Rue Anneessens 29, 1000 Brussels

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See U Brussels

See U is the transitional phase of the Usquare.brussels project that takes place on the site of the former Fritz Toussaint barracks in Ixelles. The gendarmerie headquarters, with its eclectic style and French neo-Renaissance inspiration, was built in 1909. It housed not only the troop quarters, a large mess hall and stables, but also classrooms, a library and an obstacle course for training riders. At the centre of the complex is an equestrian centre with a gabled roof. 

See U is the largest temporary occupation in Belgium based on a site of 45.000 m² completely dedicated to innovation, sustainability and education. A community of more than 100 project leaders drives the site daily. There are projects from the associative, economic, cultural and educational world. Thanks to the wide variety of projects present on the site, See U takes on the appearance of a new ephemeral district, open to the neighbourhood including cultural events, a cinema, a weekly market, dance and yoga classes, a velodrome, a bike repair shop, a ‘café-poussette’ and many other activities for the whole family.

Adres:
Fritz Toussaintstraat 8, 1050 Elsene

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Atelier Colpaert

The studio was built in the 1930s (with permits dating back to July 1929) based on a design by architect A. Deboodt for the master glassmaker Florent Prosper Colpaert (1886-1940).  His career was launched with his designs for the stained glass in Schaarbeek City Hall during the First World War. He also collaborated with renowned artists such as Anto Carte, to whom he would later teach the art of stained glass. His son, Jacques Colpaert (1923-1992), made the stained glass window adorning the studio’s entrance hall at the age of 17, having already succeeded his father. He would continue to develop his personal style from the 1950s until 1975 when the studio closed.

Twelve meters wide with a striking triangular overhang on the first floor; the facade of this Art Deco building tinged with “Stijl” hides another universe. The complex is composed of a building arranged around an elegant stairwell under a skylight with another building behind, which is the studio. Over eight meters high, the studio is illuminated by three saw-tooth bay windows perfectly oriented towards the north to capture this light preferred by artists. Constructed on two levels, it contains original storage lockers, floor tiles, glass panes and tubular railings.

In 1992, architects De Smet and Whalley bought the building to eventually sell it on to the architects Accarain and Bouillot in 2016. Only slightly modified over the years, the studio still provides volume, space, light and harmony and a home to precious archives.

Text by E. Dubuisson, art historian

Adress:
Rue Montrose 33-35, 1030 Schaerbeek

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Villa Carpentier

Villa Carpentier is a luxury Art Nouveau country estate designed by Victor Horta. 

Of the 30 or so magnificent private houses designed by Victor Horta, only half a dozen were country houses. Built in 1899, Villa Carpentier is undoubtedly the prettiest, largest and most successful of these mansions. Textile industrialist Valère Carpentier commissioned the famous Art Nouveau architect to design this summer residence. It became a wide-ranging project, with Victor Horta designing the architecture, the interior decoration and the park. The villa is protected as a monument since 1983.

The gardens, which have been recently restored, create an even greater sense of splendour around this jewel of Japanese Art Nouveau. Just imagine a three-hectare park – part forest, part garden – together with a pond and a network of paths for exploring nature, the garden itself and the house from every angle.

Address:
Doorniksesteenweg 11
9600 Ronse

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École Fondamentale Baron Steens

At first, school no. 7 occupied one of the wings of the fire station, built between 1861 and 1864 and part of a vast complex designed by the architect Joseph Poelaert (1817-1879). In 1880, architect J. De Blois was appointed to enlarge the school by adding a gymnasium and a conference room. For several years, the fire brigade and about 780 schoolchildren would share parts of the building. 

The municipal authorities then decide to rebuild an independent school on the neighbouring site. The first project was carried out by the architect Adolphe Samyn (1842-1903). Its construction, supervised by the architect Edmond De Vigne, was completed in 1897.

The school adopts the layout and principles of the model school. The large courtyard, with a roof combining glass and wooden beams laid on thin steel trusses, is one of its typical elements. It is bordered on three sides by the classroom wings. A special feature of the central courtyard is that the ground has a scale location of the main towns in Belgium which the pupils could observe from the top of the corridors. 

The interior spaces have retained their original finishes: bluestone, ceramic tiles, decorative panels, ironwork, …

Address:
Rue Haute 255, 1000 Brussels

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