ART NOUVEAU AND ART DECO 

In the City Center

From the elegant curves of Belgian Art Nouveau to the sleek lines of Art Deco, Belgian architects carved out a unique niche for themselves in the history of architecture thanks to a complex mix of originality and exchanges.

See Brussels architecture through our eyes!

In Ixelles and St-Gilles

During the nineteenth century Brussels became a particularly wealthy crossroads for Europeans because of Belgium’s reputation as a nation at the forefront of the metal industry, as one of the first countries to produce cars, with engineers being invited across the world to build railways... Belgium attracted some of the world’s great minds. At the invitation of one of our brilliant captains of industry, Ernest Solvay, Nobel Prize winners, including Einstein, would gather, for example, at the Metropole Hotel. The best example of this expansion is the birth of Art Nouveau thanks to the brilliant Brussels architect, Victor Horta.

In Schaerbeek

Avenue Louis Bertrand, which was laid out around 1905, connects chaussée de Haecht with Josaphat Park. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful streets in our capital, next to avenue Louise and avenue de Tervueren. Several architects built elegant homes in this neighbourhood, in a variety of styles, competing with each other for the most ornamental façade: Some of the façades have been embellished with such techniques as sgraffito, ironwork, ceramics, turrets and gatehouses. Join us on an interesting walk during which we will take a closer look at Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture in this neighbourhood.

Autour du Parc du Cinquantenaire

Itinéraires would like to raise public awareness about arts and crafts and thus invites you to take a walk which focuses on these aspects of built heritage in Brussels. Join us as we analyse two well-known techniques used to decorate façades: ceramics and sgraffito. Find out more about their specificities, their uses, study the application techniques, their restoration ...

A new way of appreciating the real value of Brussels’s ornamental façades.

Autour de l'Avenue Molière

Explorez cet itinéraire aux qualités architecturales moins connues; vous découvrirez la Maison de Verre construite par Paul Amaury Michel, les personnalités de Henry Van de Velde, Robert Puttemans, Jo Ramaekers, Charles Colassin… Vous aurez également un aperçu du quartier de la place Brugmann - dominé par l’église de l’Annonciation ettt par l’ancienne Clinique de la Croix-Rouge-, et du musée van Buuren, au décor Art Déco préservé ainsi que son vaste jardin.

In Uccle and Forest

Cécile Dubois, author of the book, Art Deco Walks in Brussels, will be your guide on this walk which covers a number of lesser known architectural gems of Brussels. From Coghen Square to rue de l’Echevinage, discover the work of such architects as Leon Sneyers, Raphaël Delville and Louis Herman De Koninck, probably one of the greatest Belgian Modernists, who designed the home of the Belgian collector, Dotremont.

In Molenbeek

Molenbeek was largely abandoned after Belgium’s industrial decline. And yet this Brussels neighbourhood has some pockets which are of outstanding visual quality because of the picturesque Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings built here. There is no need to dwell on the importance of the Church of St. John the Baptist, which is self-explanatory, but which of these buildings with their multiple apartments, or the single family homes of bourgeois or working-class families which were built in the 1930s, or of these social housing estates were able to retain a pure Art Deco and Modernist style?

Practical Info

Timing: on demand(2h, 4h, 6h,...)

We can add to your tour the guided visit of the Horta Museum, the Maison Autrique or the Hotel Solvay, a tasting, a thematic dinner at the Hotel Solvay,...

For more info, a free quotation, other questions... please contact us at

0032 496 38 85 94 or info@itineraires.be

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