Villa Empain

Brussels, Belgium

Villa Empain


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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