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Max Hallet House

169 Max Hallet House

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A masterpiece by Victor Horta built between 1902 and 1905, this house ombines living accommodation with huge, light-filled reception spaces where curves and counter-curves reflect each other harmoniously in splendid stained-glass skylights and windows.

→ At 10 am, on Saturday 4/4, 6/6, 4/7, 5/9, 7/11 and 5/12

  • 1:00
  • Pied
  • 25 €
  • Voir et Dire Bruxelles
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Brussels 1900 - Art Nouveau

175 Brussels 1900 - Art Nouveau

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Over the last 30 years, this coach tour has proved the most popular and well-known of ARAU’s tours. The tour helps participants to understand the place of Art Nouveau in Brussels, its origins, its technical and stylistic characteristics, and the personalities of its most well-known architects. The tour travels through several districts of the city to show participants beautiful Art Nouveau facades, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour also offers the chance to visit extraordinary Art Nouveau interiors, including some not normally open to the public. Each tour includes at least two interiors from the following list, subject to availability : Victor Horta’s van Eetvelde house, Winssinger house, Autrique house or Waucquez store (now the Belgian Strip Cartoon Centre), Henri Jacobs’ Schaerbeek School No.1, Fernand Symons’ Palais du Vin. Bilingual tour (French/English)Separate tours on the Saturdays in October (during the Biennial Art Nouveau and Art Deco Event). On the last Saturdays of September and November, this tour becomes the “Totally Horta” tour.

→ At 9:45 am on Saturday 3/10, 10/10, 17/10 and 24/10, and at 10 am on Saturday 25/4, 2/5, 9/5, 16/5, 23/5, 30/5, 6/6, 13/6, 20/6, 27/6, 4/7, 11/7, 18/7, 25/7, 1/8, 8/8, 15/8, 22/8, 29/8, 5/9, 12/9, 19/9, 31/10, 7/11, 14/11, 21/11, 5/12 and 12/12

  • 3:00
  • Bus
  • 19 €
  • ARAU
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Solvay House

170 Solvay House

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This was Victor Horta’s largest private house, commissioned by the industrial magnate Armand Solvay. Construction began in 1894, and the architect expressed the principle of a “total work of art” by successfully combining top-quality materials with innovative techniques. UNESCO World Heritage.

→ At 11:30 am, on Saturday 4/4, 2/5, 6/6, 4/7, 1/8, 5/9, 7/11 and 5/12

  • 1:00
  • Pied
  • 40 €
  • Voir et Dire Bruxelles
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Totally Horta

180 Totally Horta

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This three-hour coach tour explores the remaining buildings of Victor Horta, the leading Belgian Art Nouveau architect. A unique opportunity to find out more about the buildings designed by this architectural genius through an examination of three of them : a luxury townhouse (van Eetvelde house), a primary school (Saint-Ghislain kindergarten) and a former wholesale drapery shop (Waucquez store).

→ At 9:45 pm, on Saturdays 26/9 and 28/11

  • 3:00
  • Bus
  • 19 €
  • ARAU
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Art Nouveau in Schaerbeek

172 Art Nouveau in Schaerbeek

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The sleepy farming village of Schaerbeek was completely transformed in the early years of the twentieth century by an innovative town council who laid out the prestigious avenue Louis Bertrand to herald new, tree-filled residential districts for the city’s burgeoning middle classes, many of whom employed the period’s best architects to design their new homes. Victor Horta, Gustave Strauven, François Hemelsoet and Henri Jacobs were just four of the architects who reinvented family houses, apartment buildings and educational buildings in the Art Nouveau style.

→ At 2 pm, on Sunday 4/10

  • 2:30
  • Pied
  • 10 €
  • ARAU
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Art nouveau in the Horta area

173 Art nouveau in the Horta area

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Art nouveau offers a wide range of variations, each one more original than others. Some buildings are geometrical, others organic, all of them showing amazing distinctive features which reflect the feelings of architects or commissioners. Arkadia takes you in Horta's old district to reveal Art nouveau as an ever surprising and fascinating kaleidoscope. 

→ At 2 pm, on Sunday 4/10

  • 2:00
  • Pied
  • 9 €
  • Arkadia
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The Ixelles ponds, from town house to apartment building

179 The Ixelles ponds, from town house to apartment building

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As the twentieth century progressed, the inhabitants of Brussels progressively lost their attachment to individual houses and began to enjoy the apartment lifestyle, encouraged by the 1924 co-ownership law and the social upheavals of the time. This change has had a profound effect on the city, its architecture and lifestyles. The Ixelles Ponds district offers a remarkable panorama of some of the best twentieth-century buildings in Brussels, from Art Nouveau via Art Deco to Modernism.

→ At 2 pm, on Sunday 11/10

  • 2:30
  • Pied
  • 10 €
  • ARAU
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In downtown Brussels, Art Nouveau attracts customers…

177 In downtown Brussels, Art Nouveau attracts customers…

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Far away from the quiet, tree-lined residential neighbourhoods where it usually flourishes, the Art Nouveau found downtown reveals another facet of its talents. Attractive windows and facades of department stores, boutiques, cafés and restaurants are a vibrant display of the Belle Époque entrepreneurial spirit, when business and art could coexist effortlessly

→ At 10:30 am, on Sunday 18/10

  • 2:30
  • pied
  • 9 €
  • Bus Bavard
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Art Nouveau in the Marolles

174 Art Nouveau in the Marolles

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The Marolles is a real melting-pot. Often the first port of call for new arrivals in the city, the city authorities developed an innovative approach to social housing and public health there. In the early twentieth century, two schools, a huge wine warehouse, an artist’s home and studio and an extraordinary social housing estate were built there in the Art Nouveau style. The tour also shows how these iconic
Art Nouveau buildings have been renovated and re-used to reinforce the unique atmosphere of this resolutely working-class part of the city centre.

Photo © Serge Botty

→ At 2 pm, on Sunday 18/10

  • 2:30
  • Pied
  • 10 €
  • ARAU
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Taverns that tell the splendours of Art Nouveau and Art Deco…

178 Taverns that tell the splendours of Art Nouveau and Art Deco…

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The pre war Brussels pubs offer a wide variety of atmospheres and many of them have kept their Art Nouveau or Art Deco decoration. The stained glass windows, elegant curved woodwork, precious fabrics, mirrors and shining counters are still witnesses of the Belle Époque, the Roaring Twenties & Jazzy Thirties. They also tell about the evolution of the trends and tastes: from the well-lit, big & noisy brasseries of the turn of the century to the more discreet, cosy and intimate bars of the interwar period. Shall we visit them together ?
Including two drinks.

→ At 8 pm, on Saturday 24/10

  • 2:30
  • pied
  • 17 €
  • Bus Bavard
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Horta, Hankar & Co.; major expressions of Art Nouveau

176 Horta, Hankar & Co.; major expressions of Art Nouveau

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In the spotlight are the architects who so boldly revolutionised the art of building at the end of the 19th century. Their buildings are striking manifestoes of Art Nouveau, an art which spread with such felicity in this country, and which are evidence of
extraordinary creativity and talent both in the mansions themselves and in their decoration.

→ At 10:30 am, on Sunday 25/10

  • 2:30
  • Pied
  • 9 €
  • Bus Bavard
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Art Deco and Modernism in Uccle

171 Art Deco and Modernism in Uccle

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On the outskirts of the city, the former village of Uccle became, in the inter-war years, a particularly desirable residential area for the inhabitants of Brussels. The speed with which the district was built up gave it a very homogenous architectural style between Art Deco and Modernism. This guided tour illustrates the different architectural styles of the period and the decorative delights to be found on some facades.

→ At 2 pm, on Sunday 25/10

  • 2:30
  • Pied
  • 10 €
  • ARAU
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