Hôtel Solvay

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Hotel Solvay
Hôtel Solvay ‹See Tfd›(in French)
Hotel Solvay ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
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Hotel Solvay, located at 224 Avenue Louise in Brussels
General information
Architectural styleArt Nouveau
LocationBrussels, Belgium
Coordinates50°49′34.75″N 4°21′55″E / 50.8263194°N 4.36528°E / 50.8263194; 4.36528Coordinates: 50°49′34.75″N 4°21′55″E / 50.8263194°N 4.36528°E / 50.8263194; 4.36528
Current tenantsLouis Wittamer
Construction started1898
ClientArmand Solvay
Design and construction
ArchitectVictor Horta
Official nameMajor Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated2000 (24th session)
Reference no.1005
State Party Belgium
RegionEurope and North America

The Hôtel Solvay is a large Art Nouveau town house designed by Victor Horta on the Avenue Louise in Brussels. The house was commissioned by Armand Solvay, the son of the wealthy Belgian chemist and industrialist Ernest Solvay. For this wealthy patron Horta could spend a fortune on precious materials and expensive details. Horta designed every single detail; furniture, carpets, light fittings, tableware and even the door bell. He used expensive materials such as marble, onyx, bronze, tropic woods etc. For the decoration of the staircase Horta cooperated with the Belgian pointillist painter Théo van Rysselberghe. The Hôtel Solvay and most of its splendid content remained intact thanks to the Wittamer family. They acquired the house in the 1950s and did the utmost to preserve and restore this magnificent dwelling. The house is still private property and can only be visited by appointment and under very strict conditions. The edifice is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The UNESCO commission recognized the Hôtel Solvay as UNESCO World Heritage in 2000 as one of the Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta.

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  • Françoise Aubry and Jos Vandenbreeden, Horta, Art Nouveau to Modernism, Ludion Press Ghent — Harry N. Abrams Publishers New York, 1996.

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