Former Hôtel van Eetvelde

© Alfred de Ville de Goyet

Started in 1895, when Art Nouveau was still in its infancy, Hôtel van Eetvelde can be considered one of Victor Horta’s finest architectural achievements. Its interior testifies to his flair for arranging spaces, diffusing natural light and using coloured materials.

The house was built for Edmond van Eetvelde, a diplomat and advisor to King Leopold II. Van Eetvelde was appointed General Administrator of Foreign Affairs of the Congo Free State in 1885, and was responsible for negotiating with France, Britain and Portugal to fix the colony’s borders. In 1897, he oversaw the colonial exhibition at Tervuren and was given the title of baron by the king. For the building’s interior, Horta used materials from the Congo as well as motifs alluding to the colony. Mosaics criss-crossed by creepers welcome visitors into the hallway, while graceful columns stretch upwards like plant stems, supporting the ribbed canopy whose stained glass, featuring stylised leaves and flower stalks, attractively tints the natural light. The dining room, with a decorative design of ornamental shrubs, still retains its original embossed tapestry wall coverings, showing plants, elephants and starfish in shades of ochre, green and brown. (Listed – 18/11/1976)

Guided tours:
Sat. & Sun.: 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30.
Sat. & Sun.: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00.

Sat. & Sun.: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30.
In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU) and Korei Guided Tours.

Guided tours in French Belgian Sign Language: Sunday at 11:00. In cooperation with Arts & Culture.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00

Avenue Palmerston/Palmerstonlaan 4, Brussels-Extensions

Guided tours and by reservation only

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