David and Alice van Buuren Museum and Gardens (fully booked)
Construction work on the house of David van Buuren and his wife Alice began in 1928. It was overseen by Brussels architects Léon Govaerts and Alexis van Vaerenbergh, who dreamed up a residence that would masterfully showcase the modern style in vogue at the time, Art Deco, on both the inside and the outside. The van Buurens were keen collectors and patrons of the arts and decorated their home with taste and elegance, adorning its reception rooms with paintings by the great masters, along with sculptures and rare objects. The woodwork, furniture, rugs and artworks all make for a refined, harmonious setting featuring a spectrum of shimmering colours, complemented by the stained-glass windows with non-figurative motifs, crafted by Dutch designer Jaap Gidding, that illuminate the spacious hallway and the study. The couple soon decided to preserve their exceptional home by turning it into a museum. Entrusted with designing the garden, landscape architect Jules Buyssens transformed the steeply sloping, somewhat cramped space into a ‘picturesque garden’ comprising a bower, a herbaceous border, ponds, a flowered wall, rock gardens and clumps of heather and conifers around a central lawn. In 1968, René Pechère was commissioned to create a labyrinth of yews in the garden, choosing the Song of Solomon as his theme. Pechère was also responsible for replacing the tennis court with a rose garden and laying out the Heart Garden, one of the site’s main attractions. (Listed since 17 April 1997)
Free access to the museum, only from 10:00 to 13:00.
Access to the gardens for a fee (€ 3).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 13:00
Avenue Léo Errera/Léo Erreralaan 41, Uccle/Ukkel
Advance booking required