Walking Tour

Art Nouveau for all

Olivier Van de Kerchove ©

Art Nouveau is most often associated with middle-class homes and sumptuous decor reserved for an elite. But did you know that some architects in Brussels chose to use the style's characteristic shapes and motifs in their designs of public buildings and affordable housing? The most notable example is Henri Jacobs, who was responsible for many schools as well as a number of public housing complexes. This tour of Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek's Plasky neighbourhood explores the work of a man who chose to use his talent for the benefit of the community by making Art Nouveau an art form for all. In fact, Art Nouveau is a prominent feature of the façades of many otherwise quite unremarkable Brussels houses. Although the architects' names are often unknown, some showed extraordinary creativity on very limited budgets.

In cooperation with ARAU.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 14:00 (French) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: Rue Victor Hugo/Victor Hugostraat 55 – Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.