SYNERGRID (fully booked)
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 designed for Edmond van Eetvelde, a prominent diplomat and advisor to King Leopold II. When building it, Horta made extensive use of exposed metal structures, an approach previously only seen in industrial construction, devising an oriel that filled the entire width of the façade over two levels. A second wing, this time in white stone, was added between 1899 and 1900. Mosaics criss-crossed by trailing creepers welcome visitors into the hallway and beckon them towards the rotunda that houses the staircase and the breathtaking glass dome above it. 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. Plant motifs are also very much in evidence in the American stained glass, depicting elegant shrubs, adorning the double door between the winter garden and the dining room. Meanwhile, the dining room itself still has its original embossed tapestry wall coverings, showing plants, elephants and starfish in shades of ochre, green and brown. (Listed since 18 November 1976)
Guided tours, Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU) and Korei Guided Tours.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Avenue Palmerston/Palmerstonlaan 4, Brussels-Extensions
Guided tours only – advance booking required