Brussels and Victor Horta.

In Brussels, houses designed by Victor Horta, a pioneer of Art Nouveau in Belgium. At the turn of the century, Horta had become very well known and had designed various houses and buildings in Brussels as well as department shops and the central station. Together with fellow architects Henri van de Velde and Paul Hankar and jeweller Philippe Wolfers, Victor Horta had a major influence on Belgian, French and European design. At the beginning of the 20th century, he shook up the codes, as in France with Guimard. Art Nouveau is often flowery, organic and asymmetrical, its fluid forms visually corresponding to the musical movement. Rooted in the second half of the 19th century, in all its forms and translations, Art Nouveau became the gateway to our modern era. Completely futuristic iron curves during this period. This synergy between stone and iron will give character to the villas and realisations of Brussels. Victor Horta was born in Ghent in 1861, his father was a cobbler. Aggressive, he was fired. In search of the art of building, he had his students enrolled in a school of decoration. He died in 1947 and his house was bought in 1969 by the municipality of Saint-Gilles. The architect built about thirty of them in the capital. Only 19 of them are still standing today. The main reason is the rejection of these seemingly too anachronistic works from the 1960s to the 1970s. The most famous one having been demolished is the Maison du Peuple. It was demolished in 1965 and was intended for the Belgian Workers’ Party, which wanted to have a large space at its disposal in which to join. At no. 37 rue Lebeau in Brussels you can see the Frisian Hotel, now owned by Nupur Tron, the cultural ambassador of India. The latter has launched the renovations costing around 5 million euros. The Horta Museum is a showcase of her talent. Both the house and the studio, located in the Rue Américaine in the centre of Brussels, are perfectly preserved, frozen in an imaginary moment when they were still occupied by Horta and his family.

Hôtel Tassel - Victor Horta - Bruxelles.

The Corridor.

Hôtel Tassel - Victor Horta - Bruxelles.

the Staircase.

Hôtel Tassel - Victor Horta - Bruxelles.

the Entrance.