Modernist styles in Ganshoren and Berchem-Sainte-Agathe


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Modernist styles in Ganshoren and Berchem-Sainte-Agathe

At the time of the World Fair in 1958, decorative architects R. Brunswyck and O. Wathelet were very active in Ganshoren and Berchem-Sainte-Agathe. There, they introduced a family-friendly form of modernity for the middle classes, with houses that reflected the lifestyle during that time. The architects played with variations in the alignment of the buildings, integrating garages into the ground floors and prioritising “liveability” by placing the staircases in the living room. The façades offer a playful mix of balconies, canopies, windows, sculptural elements, textures and materials. Even the interiors bear the hallmarks of their designers. Since they were built, most of the houses have changed owners and have been carefully restored.
During this walking tour, you will visit part of the town hall, as well as R. Brunswyck’s and O. Wathelet’s former office in Ganshoren. You will also be welcomed into a house in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, by its current owners.

A partnership between Korei and the occupants of the visited buildings.

Practical information

    • Ganshoren town hall
    • Avenue de Villegas/de Villegaslaan 31
    • 1083 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. at 11h00 and 14h30 (French) and Sat. & Sun. at 10h30 and 14h00 (Dutch) (duration: 2.5 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 02/380.22.09 or e-mail Up to 15 people per tour.
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