Art Nouveau in Brussels – A Visit to the Solvay House

a visit of the Solvay house in #Brussels by @onfoodandwine

You have noticed by now my love for the beautiful Brussels art nouveau architecture, both on the blog and on instagram (btw are you following us? we are a lot more active there these days…).  One such gem is the Solvay House, which is a truly stunning example of Horta’s art nouveau.

If you reside in Brussels, you must be familiar with this imposing town house on Avenue Louise.  The house was built in the late 1890s by Horta for Armad Solvay (of the chemistry heritage). The built is the largest done by Horta, and unbelievable spacious and imposing once you enter. Difficult to imagine in todays’ world how busy this house must have gotten when the high society of Brussels was coming together. 

The interiors are designed with careful eye to detail, so true to Horta. We were in awe of every single detail – the large open reception areas which can be closed off by intricate glass walls. The murals painted by Théo van Rysselberghe. The beautiful furniture (some still intact) designed by Horta. The expensive materials used throughout the built. I could go on … but better yet, you can plan ahead and already book your 2017 visit with Voir et Dire a Bruxelles  (all the visits of this year are full!).

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