Architects' houses in Brussels

late 18th until the 20th century

Architects' houses in Brussels

late 18th until the 20th century

Architects' houses in Brussels

late 18th until the 20th century

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Research

Did you know that there are more than 350 architects' houses in the Brussels-Capital Region, built between 1830 and 1970? Theses houses, all homes architects have designed for themselves and their families, are often considered unique opportunities to elaborate a technological, constructive, aesthetic or architectural experiment, because as both client and designer the architect can exceed the limitations of designing for a regular client. Architects' houses can therefore occupy a pivotal position within the architectural oeuvre, and can thus bear special significance and value, even still today. As a result, these houses have become the subject of numerous publications and are often considered a category of their own in various heritage inventories.

Up till now, architects' houses are mainly presented through the lens of individual case studies,  resulting in the fact that very little is known on the overarching, inherent characteristics of architects’ houses as a building type, nor has their position within the field of architectural history been explored. architectshousesbrussels.be fills this lacuna through the presentation of the results of the research project "Architects' houses in Brussels. Strategies for valorisation" and especially informs on the significance of architects' houses as a dinstict buidling type. It presents an unprecedented typological framework in which the intrinsic values of individual architects houses can be assessed. Therefore, we also dissemminate various tools to support all stakeholders involved in the valorisation of architects' houses in the recognition and safeguarding of the significance and type-specific heritage values. Both architects during a renovation or restoration project as public administrations throughout listing procedures, but also heritage organisations when reaching out to the public at large, researchers and even owners, can use and benefit from the information and tools available on this website. 

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Highlights

Trailer - Het Huis van de Architect © Bruzz

Register

Architects' houses in Brussels: 1830-1970

Through the register it can be verified whether a specific house was initially built for the personal use of the architect, while more details on individual architects' houses can be obtained. The register includes 365 architects' houses built between 1830 and 1970 and can be consulted both through a searchable list and by means of a map. For each house included in the register a condensed fiche is available with further information on the respective house and architect. The map is furthermore an interesting tool to compose (or enrich) architectural walking and cycling tours.

Research project: Architects' houses in Brussels. Strategies for valorization

PhD research project / 2017-2020

This Doctiris-Innoviris research project defined the characteristics and qualities of architects’ houses in Brussels as a speific building type and set out to develop strategies for qualitative renovation and restoration projects, as well as various paths for the valorisation of this heritage. In addition, best practices and recommendations are put forward for experts, owners and other stakeholders. 

Toolkit

For architects, researchers, policy makers, heritage organisations, etc.

As we noticed that the significance of architects’ houses as a building type, and the heritage values derived therefrom, are often overlooked in publications, value assessments, (preliminary) renovation and restoration studies, motivations for listings or guided architectural (interior) tours including architects' houses, we developed a hands-on toolkit to recognize the type-specific heritage values and to support all stakeholders involved in the interpretation and preservation or highlighting of these values. As the conservation of architectural heritage is achieved by various stakeholders together, ranging from researchers to practitioners, owners, heritage organisations and policy makers, the toolkit is available in various formats, tailored to the individual workflow and specific needs of each stakeholder.