Walking tour

Upper Woluwe: a riot of colour! 

When we think of architecture, colour is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet contrasting materials and decorative details add so much colour to façades and were a common feature of Art Nouveau and modernist architecture for this very reason. The new Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe neighbourhood of Upper Woluwe, overlooking the Woluwe valley, was grafted onto the recently inaugurated Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan in the early 20th century and soon came to be characterised by a resolutely innovative style that differed greatly from classically inspired architecture, namely Art Nouveau. The hallmarks of the style include its predilection for fine materials like cut stone and its use of less costly techniques like sgraffito and ceramic tiling. Following the First World War, the modernist school (also called the Bauhaus movement) came to the fore, using contrasting materials to bring life to façades deliberately designed to be sober and refined.

This tour will teach you all about this rich architectural heritage, which is sometimes forgotten or disregarded.

In cooperation with the Cercle d’Histoire, d’Archéologie et d’Architecture des Woluwe.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30 and 15:00 (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Starting point: across from the Institut des Sourds, Muets et Aveugles/Koninklijk Instituut voor Doven en Blinden, Place Jean-Baptiste Degrooff/Jean-Baptiste Degrooffplein, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe

Advance booking required: call 0475 36 31 43 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 11:00). Up to 15 people per tour.

1 Gribaumont
7 25 Georges Henri
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