Haute École Bruxelles-Brabant/Institut Supérieur Industriel de Bruxelles (fully booked)
In 1849, when the former Place des Panoramas/Panoramaplein was being redeveloped to create Place du Congrès/Congresplein, architect Joseph Poelaert was awarded the contract to construct the two buildings that would frame the new square and its now famous column. The two mansions flanking the square were built between 1850 and 1852. Their façades are coated in white plaster – a very popular aesthetic choice at the time – in a blend of the neoclassical and Italian Renaissance styles, above a blue-limestone ground floor. The building at Place du Congrès/Congresplein 2 would go on to be occupied by the bank Banque Transatlantique. Architect Paul Saintenoy added a second entrance to the building, on the Rue Royale/Koningsstraat side, between 1919 and 1920. He also redesigned the building’s interior and added decorative marble features to its entrance hall and grand staircase. Today, the building is home to one of the faculties of the École d’Ingénieurs industriels de la Haute École de Bruxelles-Brabant.
Guided tours. With the cooperation from Korei Guided Tours.
Sat. only, 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Royale/Koningsstraat 150, Brussels
Advance booking required