Villa Empain/Boghossian Foundation (fully booked)

© Boghossian Foundation

In 1930, Baron Louis Empain commissioned Swiss architect Michel Polak to design a mansion in the prestigious neighbourhood of Avenue des Nations/Natiënlaan (now Avenue Franklin Roosevelt/Franklin Rooseveltlaan). He suggested that Polak create something in the style of Otto Wagner, Adolphe Loos and Joseph Hoffmann. The result is a true Art Deco gem, featuring stained glass, mosaics and beautifully crafted ironwork. In keeping with Palladian principles, Polak arranged the villa around a central hallway. Among the materials he used were Baveno granite, Escalette and Boisjourdan marbles, burr Bubinga, marbled Palu wood from the East Indies, manilkara from Venezuela and burr walnut.

Villa Empain is now home to the Boghossian Foundation, a centre for art and dialogue between cultures of the East and West. It runs a rich and varied programme of performances, exhibitions, talks, social events and international meetings. Guided tours and activities for children are organised throughout the year. (Listed – 12/07/2001 and 29/03/2007)

Guided tours:
Sat. & Sun.: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30.
Sat. & Sun.: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00.
Sat. & Sun.: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30.
In collaboration with the Boghossian Foundation, Arkadia and Klare Lijn.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 16:00

Avenue Franklin Roosevelt/Franklin Rooseveltlaan 67, Brussels-Extensions

Guided tours and by reservation only

Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance