Maison de la Création – site of former station
The railway played a key role in the development of the Belgian capital and the surrounding area, and Laeken/Laken was no exception. The Brussels-Ghent line was opened in 1852 and an initial, rather modest, stop was built in Laeken/Laken in 1872. This was replaced in 1880 by a more imposing building in the neo-Renaissance style. The façades, with their alternating brickwork and bands of yellowish sandstone, have been returned to their former glory following a major restoration programme. Recently, three associations have moved into the refurbished premises under the aegis of the Maison de la Création (‘House of Creation’) initiative: Laeken Découverte, which works to promote the municipality’s heritage, the non-profit organisation L’Amorce, a homework support group for primary-school children, and Groupe d’Entraide Scolaire de Laeken, a similar group for secondary-school pupils, which also organises socio-cultural activities. These four organisations forge lasting ties between citizens and promote exchange and interaction within the social fabric of Laeken/Laken. Starting in the autumn, Maison de la Création will add a cultural component to its programme. (Listed 26/09/1996)
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: “The old Laeken/Laken station in photographs”. Archival photographs and photos of the recent restoration work.
A cabinet of curiosities collected during artistic walks with residents of Laeken/Laken, Neder-Over-Heembeek and Haren, led by Caroline Le Méhauté and the Oiseaux Sans Tête collective to mark the centenary of the merger between the municipalities.
Various activities will be organised to coincide with the site’s inauguration:
Saturday: concert by Burkinabe artist Kaito Winse, tales for young and old, screenings and exhibitions, artistic surprises on all floors, and more;
Sunday: brunch in partnership with BookSwapSalon, concert, and The Visit urban safaris with Compagnie La Pigeonnière (The Pigeons participatory theatre project);
Both days: exhibitions in the station café La K-Fête, where food will be available. Full programme (in French): http://www.maisondelacreation.org
Sat., 10:00 to 22:00 and Sun., 10:00 to 16:30
Rue du Champ de l’Église/Kerkeveldstraat 2, Brussels-Laeken/Laken
Guided tours by reservation only, activities in free access
Accessible with assistance