Walking tour

Willy Van Der Meeren: a colourful modernist

Practical, functional, comfortable and coloured in bold primary hues: these are the hallmarks of the work of architect Willy Van Der Meeren (1923-2002), whose projects were always focused on providing comfortable, pleasant places to live. This walking tour will offer a fascinating insight into Van Der Meeren’s iconic designs. His collaboration with Léon Palm yielded, among other things, a house designed for the ECSC, which was a visionary experiment in industrial accommodation. The extremely detail-oriented Van Der Meeren also developed mass-production construction techniques based on modular prefabricated components. In 1954, Evere’s socialist mayor Franz Guillaume commissioned the architect to design a social housing complex for the housing association Ieder zijn huis. This project would see Van Der Meeren create a block of flats supported by a set of piers, inspired by designer and architect Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation buildings in Marseilles. The building – a vertical city with streets suspended in the air – housed 105 triplex flats. Van Der Meeren is also the architect behind the housing complex for the elderly, located just opposite the building, as well as the equally significant Van Ooteghem building.

In Dutch only.

In cooperation with Korei Guided Tours.

Practical information

Sat. at 10:30 and 14:00 (duration: 2 hours).

Starting point: Avenue Notre-Dame/ Onze-Lieve-Vrouwlaan 135, Evere
Advance booking required at Up to 20 people per tour.
64 65 Notre-Dame - Onze-Lieve-Vrouw