Solvay Library – EDIFICIO
The former Institute of Sociology is a magnificent venue created by the vision of one man, Ernest Solvay. The idea was conceptualised by two renowned architects in Brussels, Constant Bosmans and Henri Vandeveld. They drew up the plans and carried out the construction work in 1902. Here, in this ancient Institute of Sociology, scientists from around the world came together sharing their thoughts and ideas. A few years later, near the sociology institute, Ernest Solvay also created the Science Park. For 20 years it would be the heart of the famous Solvay Conferences where Einstein, Bohr and Nobel Prize scientists would meet every year.
Behind its simple classical facade, the Solvay Library hides a rich decor of precious wood, mosaics and stained glass windows, all covered by a large glass roof. The large reading room is a key element of the building reaching its full height supported by a steel structure. It is surrounded by other reading rooms with a corridor on the first floor and is illuminated by large windows.
In the 1980s the building was abandoned and fell into ruin. Thankfully after being recognised as a protected historical monument in 1986, it was saved and fully renovated by the Region and Citydev.brussels in 1994.
Today, in this elegant library with its diverse and complex style, Edificio can host private and professional events of 50 to 250 guests. Specialised in the operation and preservation of historical heritage buildings, Edificio enables you to create unique events in prestigious venues.