Home of Fritz Seeldrayers
The first building designed by architect Fritz Seeldrayers (1878-1963) was his own home, constructed when he was just 22 years old. It is entirely characteristic of his style, with its painted decor, stained glass, floors and doors (all of which are still intact) showcasing the full extent of his talent. Moreover, the architect had no hesitation in embracing the ‘modernity’ of the era, as demonstrated by the Vienna Secession-inspired decor in the drawing room – Brussels’ first example of the style. While Seeldrayers’ design involves more than one nod to the work of Victor Horta, his primary point of reference was clearly the architecture of Paul Hankar, as can be seen from the way he used colour, light and space. As a result, ornamentation tends to be less prominent in the house than structural features, illustrating an approach that could be termed ‘structural’ Art Nouveau, like the work of Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. The first indication of this is the openness of the façade, which allows light to shine through, thereby revealing the house’s interior, while ornamentation has been pared back to the bare minimum. However, above all, the house’s simplified floor plan and the effort made to link the living areas on the upper floors herald the modern style that would come to define the 20th century.
Guided tours, Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire and Klare Lijn.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
rue Moris/Morisstraat 52, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
Guided tours only – advance booking required