Mirror mirror on the wall: architecture in Saint-Gilles


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Mirror mirror on the wall: architecture in Saint-Gilles

The façade of a building is like a calling card. It has a lot to say to anyone who takes the time to look at it. It displays the period of its construction, the social ambition of the person who had it built, the talent of the architect who designed it and the skill and know-how of the craftsmen who worked on it. It also tells us about the function of the building behind it; was it a residence, a school, a shop? You simply have to spot the clues! However, as with a book, you should never judge a building by its cover, or in this case its façade, since it can sometimes borrow elements from other categories and mislead you.
In Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, architectural creativity was deployed at breakneck speed on an incredible scale. In just 100 years, starting in 1860, the streets of the municipality saw the addition of a plethora of architectural forms, creating a giant patchwork quilt of styles.
Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by the talkative, candid and proud façades as they tell you about the desires behind their construction. Featuring buildings ranging from bespoke properties to more modest structures, the exhibition will lead you from one corner of the municipality to the other, as in an open air museum.
Mainly consisting of pictorial representations, it will be accompanied by a booklet for visitors and an educational toolkit for teachers.

A partnership between the Municipality of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, ArcHistory and the Lycée Intégral Roger Lallemand (LIRL).

Practical information

    • Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis town hall, Salle de l’Europe
    • Place Van Meenen/Maurice Van Meenenplein 39
    • 1060 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 17h00 (guided tours at 10h30, 11h30, 13h30, 14h30 and 15h30 (French/Dutch)). The mayor of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis will give a tour of his office on Sat. & Sun. at 10h00 and 11h00.
      This exhibition runs free of charge until 3 October 2018, during town hall opening hours.
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