Hôtel van Eetvelde

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Hotel van Eetvelde
Hôtel van Eetvelde (in French)
Hotel van Eetvelde (in Dutch)
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General information
Architectural style Art Nouveau
Location Brussels, Belgium
Coordinates 50°50′49.94″N 4°22′50.11″E / 50.8472056°N 4.3805861°E / 50.8472056; 4.3805861Coordinates: 50°50′49.94″N 4°22′50.11″E / 50.8472056°N 4.3805861°E / 50.8472056; 4.3805861
Construction started 1898
Completed 1900
Client Edmond van Eetvelde
Owner Synergrid
Design and construction
Architect Victor Horta
Official name Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Designated 2000 (24th session)
Reference no. 1005
State Party  Belgium
Region Europe and North America

The Hôtel van Eetvelde is a town house designed in 1895 by Victor Horta for Edmond van Eetvelde, administrator of Congo Free State. Together with the Hôtel Tassel, the Hôtel Solvay and his own House and atelier it was put on the 'UNESCO World Heritage List' in 2000 as the core of epoch-making urban residences Victor Horta designed before 1900. It is located at 4 Avenue Palmerston in Brussels.


The visible application of "industrial" materials such as steel and glass was a novel for prestigious private dwellings at the time. In the Hôtel van Eetvelde Horta also used a hanging steel construction for the façade. The interior receives additional lighting through a central reception room covered by a stained-glass cupola. An extension to the house was designed by Horta in 1898. This building has a more conventional, beautifully detailed sandstone façade. It was designed to house a garage, an office for van Eetvelde as well as supporting apartments and therefore had a separate entrance (2 Avenue Palmerston).


The UNESCO commission recognized the Hôtel van Eetvelde as UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Norwich, John (1975). Great Architecture of the World. New York: Random House. p. 224. ISBN 0-394-49887-9. 


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