Be-Here (formerly the Byrrh buildings)

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Be-Here (formerly the Byrrh buildings)

The Violet brothers’ firm, based in Thuir in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in France, was responsible for commissioning the Parisian architect Anatole Laquerrière to draw up plans for these rustic-style industrial buildings. This is how the Byrrh buildings came into being, producing and selling the unique beverage created in 1866. The company registered its trademark in 1873. Byrrh owes its origin to brothers Simon and Pallade Violet, travelling drapers who came up with the idea for a medicinal product based on wine and a mixture of various ingredients such as coffee, cocoa, elderberry flowers, camomile and cinchona. The beverage, initially sold in pharmacies, soon became a popular aperitif. Nowadays, the complex consists of two main buildings linked by a triangular, glass-roofed courtyard. The smallest building housed the administrative offices, while the largest was home to a warehouse featuring metal Cremona-method structural trusses. The façades, which have been preserved, feature a particularly successful interplay of polychrome and textural contrasts: rubblework walls of opus incertum masonry, brick discharging arches, the cleft cladding of the porch and blue stone plinth courses, as well as numerous sgraffiti decorations. Recently restored on the initiative of the Public Welfare Services of Brussels (CPAS/OCMW) and with the financial support of the ERDF and the Brussels-Capital Region (Monuments and Sites), the premises will soon be home to a number of businesses, which will be able to rent different types of spaces. (Listed 22/05/1997)

Practical information

  • Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre/Dieudonné Lefèvrestraat 4
    1020 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 11h00 to 17h00
      only accessible within the framework of the activities
    • B
      Pouchkine/Poesjkin
    • B
      Entrepôt/Stapelhuis