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Villa Empain, Brussels

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
The Villa Empain is a private house in the Art Deco style designed and built between 1930 and 1934 by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain, son of Belgian industrialist Baron Édouard Empain, located in Brussels, Belgium.HistoryLouis Empain did not follow his father's entrepreneurial footsteps and barely inhabited the villa after its completion in 1934. He donated the property to the Belgian state in 1937, with the intention of turning it into a museum of decorative and contemporary art. The foundation, known as the Le Cambre School hosted various exhibition in the villa until 1943. During the German occupation in World War II, the property was requisitioned by the German Army. It served afterwards as the Embassy of the Soviet Union. In the 1970s, the villa was rented by RTL television before being left unoccupied in the 1990s.In 2000, the villa was purchased by Belgian businessman Stéphan Jourdain, he then proceeded to modernise the building without gaining appropriate permission, removing many unique articles and so on 12 July 2001 the Brussels based conservation organisation, 'Monuments et Sites' sought to rescue the site from further destruction and locked the site down from further action. In 2001 the villa was added to the architectural heritage list of Brussels. The site then lay empty and suffered from vandalism and squatters. In 2008, the Fondation Boghossian acquired the building and initiated an extensive renovation program. Inaugurated in 2010, the villa is a cultural center which hosting art exhibitions, concerts and conferences.
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  • Pretty tight building. The building gives new objectivity. Beautiful marble and very well maintained. The rooms themselves were very modest furnishings. We were a bit disappointing.
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  • one of the most beautiful museum houses (together with Villa Cabello in Roubaix France) beautifully renovated with beautiful marble and always glitter temporary exhibitions. Very beautiful books shop.
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  • superb beautifully restored art-deco House. the expos follow in this magical place for people who love the architecture of the 1930s. see
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  • Beautiful house with nice art exhibitions!
  • Architecture breathtaking, OWL expo. spend more to, stop by and visit!
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  • Exceptional place, restoration work is impressive, and the poolside are super nice. Instead of calm away from the bustle of Brussels, I love and I strongly recommend!
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  • Jewel of Art deco by excellence, villa built between 31 and 34, villa in the eventful history of the empain family, nothing that its architecture it's worth the detour, the facades and the restored pool as originally since 2006 is housed the Boghossian Foundation, a centre for dialogue between cultures of the East and West, the Villa Empain has a bold programming aesthetically very accomplished and cosmopolitan
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  • The quiet
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