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Brussels Art Deco Building 9: Kaaitheater

A residential building with a theatre at its heart.

This tall, modern building with an Art Deco topknot is found at Square Sainctelette 20. Designed by Marcel Driesman and constructed 1929-1932 it was originally called ‘Lunatheater’ with 42 apartments and the theatre and foyer. Currently home to a performing arts centre whose speciality is Flemish avant-garde theatre, it has one of the largest stages in Brussels.

The top of Kaaitheater.
The apartment block.

Brussels Art Deco Building 10: Apartments at Avenue Antoine Depage

Entrance to apartments at Avenue Antoine Depage.

There are some interesting curves on this six storey apartment block found where Avenue Antoine Depage meets the corner of Avenue Franklin Roosevelt. It is over by the ULB campus, the university district of Ixelles. On either side of the entrance are relief vignettes that contain motifs relating to architects and architrcture.

Relief of architectural motifs.
Second relief of architectural motifs.

Brussels Art Deco Building 11: Apartments at Avenue Adolphe Buhl 173

Avenue Adolphe Buhl 173.

A curving corner and gently curving window bays can be seen at Avenue Adolphe Buhl 173 at the corner of Avenue Antoine Depage in Ixelles. These are complemented by the circular entrance which suggests a temple.

An entrance of concentric circles.

Brussels Art Deco Building 12: Apartments at Avenue Louise 244

Another curving corner.

With this apartment block at Avenue Louise 244, at the corner of Rue Dautzenberg in Ixelles we ascend to ten storeys and add setbacks at the top. Some interesting variety in the window mullions.

Can’t miss the curving balconies.

Brussels Art Deco Building 13: Apartments at 2 Rue de la Bonte

2 Rue de la Bonte/2 Goedheidsstraat.

A mixed use building with retail at ground level and apartments above. It is located at 2 Rue de la Bonte at the corner of Avenue Louise in Ixelles.

Brussels Art Deco Building 14: Apartments at 19 Rue Locquenghien

Keep those curving corners coming.

In the Saint Catherine district at 19 Rue Locquenghien on the corner of Rue d’Orphem is this yellow brick apartment with portholes.

Curving window bays on one side.

Brussels Art Deco Building 15: Apartments at 32 Varkensmarkt

Big residential Brussels’ style.

A mixture of retail and apartments on a big scale at 32 Varkensmarkt/Marche aux Porcs, cnr Rue Locquenghien. This very large 11 storey residential block is also in Saint Catherine.

Brussels Art Deco Building 16: House at Avenue Coghen 28

An Art Deco townhouse at Avenue Coghen 28.

At Avenue Coghen 28 in the Uccle district of Brussels is this stunning white Art Deco townhouse. It was designed by Louis Tenaerts, who it is claimed was responsible for 1000 houses in Brussels, principally in its outlying municipalities. This one, constructed in 1930, features a continuous cylinder bay beginning above the entrance. The sides of the stairway up to the entrance cascade in curves.

Stairs up to the front door.

Brussels Art Deco Building 17: House at Avenue Coghen 68

White townhouse number two.

A little bit further down at Avenue Coghen 68 is another townhouse by Louis Tenaerts. Built in 1934 it is also white, though it possesses no curves except for those in the stained glass window that climbs up the right side of the façade.

Stained glass at Avenue Coghen 68.
Black tiles and white door at number 68.

Brussels Art Deco Building 18: House at Rue de la Seconde Reine 5

Third white house house by Louis Tenaerts.

The third Uccle, Art Deco house by Louis Tenaerts is also white. Located a short distance from the other two at Rue de la Seconde Reine 5, it was constructed in 1933 and features a fabulously curvy balcony and another climbing stained glass window which climbs the left hand side.

A set of diagonals and curves in harmony.

Brussels Art Deco Building 19: House at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 90

Another ocean going building.

Located at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 90/Franklin Rooseveltlaan 90 in Ixelles is a large, three storey house on the corner with lines that suggest a ship. The top of the building is flat and its edge is surrounded by a metal fence which together makes an upper deck. Above the main entrance is a luxurious carved relief of a sunrise across a body of water with moulded, iridescent glazed tiles on either side conjuring seashells.

A house with a rising sun.
A floral balcony.
The prow of the ship.

Brussels Art Deco Building 20: Apartments at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 108

Franklin Roosevelt 108.

There is some fine geometric detailing on this red brick faced residence at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 108.

Geometric massings above doors and windows.

Brussels Art Deco Building 21: Apartments at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 106

Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 106.

Right next to 108 is 106 which while yellow brick faced has a similar look to its neighbour.

Geometric door frame massings.

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