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 between the year of its construction and 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 featuring in the mosaic on the 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 Maison/Huis Autrique was occupied by cabinetmaker Jean-Pierre Linster from 1943 and served to show off his furniture to potential buyers. Nowadays it is a museum, attracting many Art Nouveau enthusiasts. (Listed 30/03/1976)
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 12:30, 13:30; 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Klare Lijn.
Exhibition “Interior gardens”, in which plants reveal the close relationship between 19th-century society and nature. Botany is key to understanding the aesthetic development of Belle-Époque interiors.
Sat. & Sun., 12:00 to 18:00
Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg 266, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Guided tours and by reservation only