SYNERGRID – former van Eetvelde townhouse

The van Eetvelde townhouse is one of Victor Horta’s most accomplished creations. With this building, he confirmed his talent for structuring space, diffusing light and using coloured materials. The townhouse was commissioned by Edmond van Eetvelde, an eminent diplomat and advisor to King Léopold II. Horta gave prominence to visible metal structures, previously only used in industrial buildings, and designed an oriel window extending over two floors along the entire length of the façade. In 1899-1900, he added a second wing built from white stone. The hallway, where visitors are welcomed by mosaics traversed by untamed creepers, leads to a rotunda with a staircase rising towards an extraordinary glass cupola. Like the stems of plants, small elegant columns support the ribbed glass roof, the stained glass of which, featuring stylised leaves and flower stems, colours the natural light.
The same inspiration is used in the stained-glass windows in the double door separating the winter garden and the dining room, containing gracefully curved shrubs. The room itself retains its ochre, green and brown-toned embossed wall covering depicting plants, elephants and starfishes, highly representative examples of the omnipresence of nature much-loved by the artists of the Art Nouveau movement. (Listed 18/11/1976)

Guided tours available all day (last group at 17h15). In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU) and Korei.

Practical information

  • avenue Palmerston 4
    1000 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00 (last admission at 17h15)
      access is only permitted on guided tours (15 people per group)
    • M
      Maelbeek/Schuman – Maalbeek/Schuman
    • B
      Palmerston
    • B
      Livingstone
    • B
      Waterloo Wilson