Maison/ Huis Autrique (fully booked)
Built in 1893 to plans by Victor Horta, the Maison/Huis Autrique seems to have marked a turning point in the renowned architect’s career. While the building does still bear some hallmarks of the eclectic style, the materials chosen and the curving designs used for the ornamental features are very much Art Nouveau. The house’s white stone façade, with its off-centre entrance and twin windows on the first floor, is crowned with a loggia featuring a central wooden pillar. The Maison/Huis Autrique underwent many transformations up until the mid-1990s, with changes being made to both the distribution of its rooms and its decorative features. When the decision was taken to restore it, a conscious choice was made to revert to its original appearance. The restoration project was entrusted to architect Francis Metzger. Like his contemporaries, Horta freely drew inspiration from nature: the graceful scrolls seen on the mosaic floor in the entrance hall thus resemble the stems of ferns, while the open flowers shown on the stained-glass windows that light the room are reminiscent of lilies. The decor in the hall and some of the reception rooms combines red with green, a colour scheme that was very popular with the decorators of the time. (Listed since 30 March 1976)
Guided tours, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Klare Lijn.
Exhibition ‘The imaginary inventory, Kronikas’.
Family activity (for children aged 6 to 12): Colours and interiors. How do the colours we use in our homes shape the spaces and influence our emotions? This colour workshop led by interior designer Aurélie Ranalli will help you find out! Saturday at 10:00 (duration: 2 hours). Advance booking required: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Up to 15 people.
Sat. & Sun., 12:00 to 18:00
Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg 266, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Guided tours only – advance booking required