In Belgium, Art Nouveau was the titular architectural movement during the turn of the century. With Victor Horta as its main visual genius, the movement flourished all over the capital. To describe it in a non-complicated way, think of asymmetrical lines. Undulating lines that take the forms of stalks, tendrils, or anything organic. That’s what comes to my mind when I think of this movement; grace, ornament, and elegance. So here are some magnificent examples of Art Nouveau in Brussels!

art nouveau architecture in brussels

The biggest name in Belgian architecture has to be Victor Horta. While others only flirted with the idea of Art Nouveau, he gave it a new voice. If you ask me, he made Brussels a more beautiful place even if some of his masterworks are now missing. That’s a whole other subject, the so-called Brusselization, and honestly, it’s something that makes me angry as an architecture lover. So I’ll skip it for now and instead introduce you to some beautiful architectural edifices.


Rue Américaine 25, 1060 Bruxelles

This museum is housed in the actual home and studio of Victor Horta which he himself designed. I cannot tell you how sad I was when I heard that taking photos inside the house was forbidden. Because the house is gorgeous! It is four floors of the most beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. After two separate visits to this magical place, it seems that the third time was the charm. I got special permission to photograph my favorite museum in Brussels so you can go and marvel at its interior in this blog post!

art nouveau horta museum in brussels


Avenue de la Jonction 1, 1060 Saint-Gilles

I remember seeing this house every day on the tram while trying to reach the center of the city. Built in 1902 by Jules Brunfaut, this house is now used to promote creative photography. It’s so eye-catching with its stained glass windows, reliefs, and that bay window! I wasn’t aware of the scope of my love for bay windows until I moved to Brussels. Now I look at them adoringly in every Belgian city!

art nouveau hotel hannon in brussels


Avenue Brugmann 55, 1060 Bruxelles

Bearing its name after two owls depicted above the doorway, you can find this house right next to Hannon house. I managed to miss it and then see it among all the photos I was editing the day after. I did stop by it knowingly the next week when I revisited Brussels. Yes, this blog required two visits to Brussels and I was still exhausted.

art nouveau les hiboux house in brussels


Ambiorixsquare 11, 1000 Bruxelles

The perfect answer to the question, “how to make a narrow building stand out among endless rows of houses”. With lavish Art Nouveau elements, all packed in 4 meters of the facade, it’s hard to miss this one. It is the work of Gustave Strauven and over time it even got sorted into Art Nouveau Baroque. A unique example of architecture because of the way it combines its small size and ornate decoration.

art nouveau maison saint-cyr in brussels


Avenue Palmerston 4, 1000 Bruxelles

Not far from Maison Saint-Cyr, you can find Hotel van Eetvelde, another one of Horta’s works. I found it next to a building with a Croatian flag, which made me laugh because what are the chances? At first sight, it might seem less noticeable than its nearby neighbor but this building has one gorgeous interior. And how I wish I could have seen it! Because at the heart of it is a beautiful Art Nouveau staircase circling around a winter garden.

art nouveau hotel van eetvelde brussels


Rue Defacqz 48, 1050 Bruxelles

In between taking photos here, someone walked past me and noticed me being busy with my camera. That made him notice the building and he looked at it with interest. It’s nice to think that my taking photos encouraged him to pay attention to this house. It’s pretty hard to miss it anyway, with these remarkable paintings on the facade. The responsible painter is the one after whom the house bears its name, Albert Ciamberlani.

art nouveau ciamberlani house in brussels


Rue Royale 13, 1000 Bruxelles

Designed by Paul Hankar in 1896, Chemiserie Niguet was a store that sold shirts, and nowadays it is a floral shop called Daniël Ost. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more impressive shopfront, and I think you’ll agree with me when you see this old postcard of it. Architectural beauty incarnated.

Thoughts on Art Nouveau in Brussels

If you should ask me what is it that made me fall for Brussels in the first place, without a doubt, I would say Art Nouveau. I always picture walking past these buildings during cold autumn evenings. And I get all nostalgic because that’s how I’ll always remember Brussels and its Art Nouveau architecture.
This map barely covers examples of Art Nouveau in Brussels but these are some of the best-known houses and a few of my favorites. Who knows, maybe one day after lots of exploring and tracking down, I can map down all of them.

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Brigita Soldo

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