Maison de la Création – Bockstael site
In 1893, the Laeken/Laken authorities decided to build a town hall, which a brand-new neighbourhood was to be developed around. A competition organised for the purpose was won by architect Paul Bonduelle, in partnership with Charly Gilson. Construction started in 1907 and continued until 1912. A graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the architect designed a building made of red brick and white stone, with classical lines and a front-facing tower that calls to mind the belfries of northern France, particularly those in Lille and Calais. The imposing façade and the interior spaces were decorated with sculptures depicting the arts and municipal virtues. The building was converted to other uses when Laeken/Laken was incorporated to the city of Brussels in 1921. Nowadays, the building is home to, among other things, the Brussels-North Cultural Centre, known as Maison de la Création (‘House of Creation’). A place for sharing, training, creating and disseminating knowledge, the centre is open to all, so that visitors can enjoy discovering, developing their talents, learning and creating collectively. A hive of activity, Maison de la Création hosts think tanks, puts on music, theatre and visual-arts workshops, welcomes artists in residence and supports social art projects. This meeting place par excellence is a hub of multiculturalism in the north of the capital. (Listed 13/04/1995)
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Laeken Découverte.
Exhibition: “Basta Corona”. Our minds and creativity have never been locked down. During the first lockdown, Maison de la Création received drawings, photos, testimonies from local residents, etc. – manifestos of a society shaken to its core but united and in search of a new meaning.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 16:00
Place Émile Bockstael/Émile Bockstaelplein, Brussels-Laeken/Laken
Guided tours and by reservation only