Built in 1893 based on plans by Victor Horta, Maison Autrique was a pivotal building in the famous architect’s career. Indeed, while a certain Eclecticism is still apparent in the structure, the materials used and the development of a decorative language based on curves are clear heralds of the Art Nouveau style. Its white stone façade with off-centre entrance and mullion windows on the first floor is capped by a loggia supported by a wooden axial column. From the time it was built until the mid-1990s, the room layout and decorative elements of Maison Autrique underwent a number of transformations. It was therefore decided to restore the original spirit of the building when undertaking restoration works. Architect Francis Metzger was commissioned to carry out the work. Like his contemporaries, Victor Horta drew freely from nature in his designs. In this way, the graceful curls of the mosaic on the floor in the entrance hall are reminiscent of the stems of ferns while the blooming flowers of the stained glass windows that illuminate the room bring to mind lilies. Travelling from room to room, visitors will be able to discover the allusions to nature left by the famous architect. (Listed 30/03/1976)
Exhibition “Horta in America 1916-1918”.
Performance “Seize the day at the Maison Autrique townhouse”.