As in most streets in this part of the city, manufacturing was a major activity in Rue Théodore Verhaegen/Théodore Verhaegenstraat, near Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid station. This is clear from the former industrial buildings lining the street, but a number of properties also retain remnants of the past in their back yards, such as stables, garages, workshops and even a cowshed! For example, hidden behind the double façade of a neoclassical-style house, built in 1907 by architect Joseph Dierickx, are vast warehouses which were home to first a pasta factory and then the workshops of Jean Van Hamme, an upholsterer and designer of armchairs. The firm, founded in 1895 and now based in Wavre, sold the premises in 2010 to the cooperative Théodore, which runs the project with the non-profit association La Tricoterie. Following three years of renovation, the site is henceforth hosting various projects in line with its ambition to be a ‘forger of links’, a place where a wide range of disciplines and audiences can meet and come together, with a particular focus on issues of sustainable development. The venue now offers a cultural and civic programme and also organises private and business events, which are attracting ever larger audiences. La Tricoterie recently purchased the building adjoining its existing space, and the work currently under way there will see the creation of a 150-seat performance venue, a rehearsal room, a new terrace and a green roof.
On Sunday, 19 September, visitors will be able to enjoy many of La Tricoterie’s day-to-day activities, such as a concert, workshops, board games and brunch. Depending on the progress of the building work, the Heritage Days will also be an opportunity to discover its new premises or to visit the construction site. Guided tours will help visitors discover this location steeped in history.
In the evening, a concert will take place from 8 pm on. Doors open at 7 p.m.
You can book your brunch and workshops on the Tricoterie website:
Sun. only, 10:00 to 21:30
Rue Théodore Verhaegen/Théodore Verhaegenstraat 158, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
By reservation only
Accessible with assistance