Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture: Living in modern isms 1918-1972

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / August, 28, 2014 / 0 comments

Guided tours, lectures, bike tours | 04-25 October, 2014 | Brussels

Between 4 and 25 October 2014, the first edition of the Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture (BBMA) organized by Korei in collaboration with Docomomo Belgium, Arkadia and Pro Velo.


Entitled Living in modern isms, this edition focuses on the different ways of modern living that were built in Brussels between 1918 and 1972. A whole range of architecture, cultural heritage, craftmanship and design will be at display during the biennale.

During each of the four Saturdays, there will be guided tours in English, French, Dutch and German in four private homes which open their doors for this unique event. So in all 16 hidden pearls, designed by renowned and less well-known architects such as Jacques Dupuis, Henry van de Velde, Louis Herman De Koninck, Huib Hoste and Georges Volckrick can be rediscovered, making this a unique opportunity for anyone keen on architecture. The contact with the owners during the visit emphasizes this brand new form of interactive tourism. There will also be three lectures and three bike rides.

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visits October 04:

– House Le Parador by arch. Jacques Dupuis, 1946 & 1954
– House Durieu by arch. Jacques Dupuis, 1953
– House Everaert by arch. Jacques Dupuis, 1953
– House Wybauw by arch. Jacques Wybauw, 1960


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visits October 11:

– House Lenglet by arch. Louis Herman De Koninck, 1926
– House Volckrick by arch. Georges Volckrick, 1957
– House Grégoire-Lagasse by arch. Henry van de Velde, 1933
– Brusilia building by arch. Jacques Cuisinier, 1971


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visits October 18:

– House Dotremont by arch. Louis Herman De Koninck, 1932
– flats Molière by Joe Ramaekers, 1930
– House Dr. Fouarge by Huib Hoste, 1935
– House Berteaux by arch. Louis Herman De Koninck, 1937


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visits October 25:

– House Gombert by arch. Huib Hoste, 1933
– House in Eden, Pierre Van Kerkhoven & Antoine De Smedt, 1936
– Residences Léopold & Albert by arch. Eggericx & Verwilghen, 1951
– Brusilia building by arch. Jacques Cuisinier, 1971


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Lecture 23 October:

Lezing in het Nederlands:
De tuinarchitectuur van de modernisten, door Ann Voets

201410_lectures-BBMA-Ann-Voets1Voor de tuinaanleg van bijvoorbeeld de woning voor dokter Fouarge werkt Huib Hoste samen met tuin- en landschapsarchitect Jean Canneel-CIaes. Canneel-CIaes behoudt er de bestaande boomgaard en een bebost gedeelte achteraan het perceel en met enkele summiere ingrepen zoals kronkelpaadjes, trapjes en grote tegels met grasvoegen wordt het terrein gestructureerd zonder de natuurlijke glooiing te verstoren. Ontdek deze en andere tuinen uit het interbellum en de naoorlogse periode.

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Conférence en français: 
Living in modern isms, par Jean-Marc Basyn

201410_lectures-BBMA-Jean-Marc-Basyn1Architecture moderne, modernisme, style international, rationalisme, régionalisme, brutalisme, Bauhaus, constructivisme, pseudo-modernisme, expressionisme, paquebot, functionalisme, École d’Amsterdam, purisme, futurisme, Nouvelle Objectivité, formalisme, structuralisme, etc. Bruxelles est fort connue pour sa coexistence de tendances architecturales les plus diverses. La ville est le décor de nombreuses réalisations d’architectes plus ou moins célèbres qui ont marqué de leur empreinte la construction résidentielle dans une multitude d’ismes.

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Lecture in English:
Post-war housing in Brussels. Heritage in danger?, by Stephanie Van de Voorde

201410_lectures-BBMA-Stephanie-van-de-voorde1During the period 1945-1975 almost 50.000 new dwellings were built in Brussels, varying from single family houses, medium-rise
urban apartments to high-rise building blocks. The majority of these needs retrofitting within the next decades, as building materials deteriorate and demands regarding comfort and energy increase. Today, the time has come to conceive appropriate renovation concepts, and to work towards a qualitative selection.

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from 14h00 until 17h30

11-10 EN Schaerbeek and Evere
18-10 NL St-Pieters- en St-Lambrechts-Woluwe
25-10 FR Ixelles et Uccle

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