The Villa Empain is a former private residence in Brussels, Belgium which currently serves as a cultural centre and exhibition space. Built in 1930–1934 in the Art Deco style by the Swiss-Belgian architect Michel Polak, the villa was commissioned by Baron Louis Empain, son of the industrialist Édouard Empain. It subsequently served as offices and an embassy before falling into disuse. After a restoration from 2009 to 2011, it was opened to the public by the Boghossian Foundation.
Baron Louis Empain (1908–1976) was the second son of Édouard Empain (1852–1929), a respected Belgian industrialist who had spent much of his career in Egypt. In 1930, Louis commissioned the Swiss-Belgian architect Michel Polak to build a large house in the Art Deco style on the edge of the Bois de la Cambre in the emerging southern suburbs of Brussels on what was then known as the Avenue des Nations (now Avenue Franklin Roosevelt).
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alpha. pee | Dec 8, 2017
This is one of the most impressive houses i have ever seen. The mere fact that it was constructed during the 20's and it still looks like it was built yesterday, says it all. It's beautiful gardens, the majestic pool on the back and, of course, the brilliant interior, make it a worthwile visit. Now a modern art museum, it will surprise you, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively, with its artifacts and paintings. I really felt that the visit of the house itself was more greater than the museum but that's just me. For a modern art enthusiast, it could be a lifetime experience. Definitely a place to visit when in Brussels and looking for something out of the ordinary.
Chaim Waibel | Feb 18, 2018
The villa by itself is very beautiful, and I really enjoyed the architecture. They host several contemporary art exhibitions.
Jean-Michel Delmotte | Jan 28, 2018
A stop worth making while around Brussels green area. A piece of great and typical Belgian architecture.
Daniel Bowman | Aug 19, 2017
Stunning art deco building with art scattered throughout and a gallery in the basement. The entry ticket basically allows you to just wander round and explore for yourself, with some notes from the guide leaflet. Definitely worth the trip for fans of art deco.
Jonathan Webb | Nov 20, 2017
Beautiful building and fascinating exhibition. Must see
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