Alexandre Marcel

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Japanese Tower and the kiosk of the Chinese Pavilion, Laeken, Brussels

Alexandre Marcel (11 September 1860 - 30 June 1928) was a French architect, best known for his Belle Époque interpretations of "exotic" international architectural styles.

Marcel studied at the Parisian École des Beaux-Arts in the atelier of Louis-Jules André.


His work includes:

  • the Pagoda Cinema, on the Rue de Babylon, Paris, 1896
  • multiple buildings for the Paris Exposition of 1900, including the Cambodian pavilion, the Spanish pavilion, and four structures for the sea-transport company "Panorama du Tour du Monde", including a "Japanese tower"
  • structures at the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, Paris, 1899-1913
  • reconstruction of the Japanese Tower at Laeken, outside Brussels, for King Leopold II, c. 1901
  • the new Chinese Pavilion at Laeken, for Leopold II, c. 1902
  • royal racetrack at Ostend, for Leopold II[1]
  • grand hall of the Heliopolis Palace Hotel, Heliopolis, Cairo, 1910
  • Baron Empain Palace (Qasr Al Baron), Heliopolis, Cairo, completed 1911
  • Latin Catholic Basilica "Basilique de Notre-Dame", Heliopolis, Cairo, 1910
  • Palace for the Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, now Punjab, India, 1911
  • French Embassy, Shiba Park, Tokyo, 1913
  • Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Villeneuve-l'Étang Imperial Estate, in Marnes-la-Coquette, Hauts-de-Seine, outside of Paris, 1928



  1. ^ Alexandre Marcel Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine @ the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier website.