Can you recall some facades in Brussels that you often pass by always wondering how its interior might look like? The 1st Brussels Biennale of Eclectic Architecture (2-10 October 2021) organised by explore.brussels opens up for you several such doors! Emerge into the unique eclectic architecture of the city through interior visits, guided tours and much more!
The eclectic style was created in the nineteenth century. During this period (1830-1914), the unprecedented growth of the capital city of the newly independent Belgium led to the eclectic style gaining a prominent place in the Brussels cityscape. Taking its inspiration from many different historical styles at the same time as upholding artistic creativity, the eclectic movement was based on a vision that brought together art, history and innovation. Should you want to find out more about this architectural style, check out the video available online prepared by explore.brussels for this special occasion.
Explore.brussels – the organisation behind BANAD Festival and the Brussels Biennale – Neoclassic (BBN) – decided to shred light this year on this unique style so characteristic to our city. During the first two weekends of October, 15 buildings – usually not open to the public – will open up their doors, while several guided visits will offer the opportunity to emerge into this magical architectural world. Besides the visits, conferences and family-friendly programs are organised, a concert will be taking place in a unique eclectic venue, furthermore, special attention is given to public with reduced mobility. The website of the program is available in 6 languages and the visits are offered in 4 languages (including sign language).
Reservation is available for groups, for packages and for individuals. Reservation of individual visits starts at 14.00 on 8th September. The price of a single visit is 10eur. But watch out, prices are on a sliding scale – the more visits you book, the cheaper it is! The program is continuously updated, so keep an eye on the website.
One of the highlights: The former Knuyt de Vosmaer mansion
The former Knuyt de Vosmaer mansion’s richly decorated Eclectic façade makes it the most prestigious building in the Quartier des Libertés district. Designed by architect Joseph-Jean Naert and completed in 1879 for the aristocrat Hector de Knuyt, it was purchased around 1900 by Baron Edouard Empain and converted the remainder into apartments for rent. The entrance leads to a monumental white-marble-and-onyx staircase, ornamented by Neo-Renaissance stained-glass windows. The reception floor is decorated in an eclectic mix of styles, starting with a Neo-Gothic antechamber, followed by a large Louis XV salon and a Neo-Renaissance sitting room.
For the complete program visit https://www.explore.brussels/en/bbea.
Find out more about the Hap House, another hidden beauty that also features on the program: https://welovebrussels.org/2020/10/the-hap-house-a-well-hidden-secret-of-etterbeek/