Maison du Peuple
1 Building 2 Demolition 3 See also 4 References 5 External links
Victor Horta, the architect responsible for the Maison du Peuple
In spite of a rather restrictive very irregular building place along a
circular square and on a slope, Horta succeeded to construct a
building with maximum functionality. The building provided rooms for
several aims like offices, coffee shops, shops, meeting rooms and a
party hall. The building had been mainly constructed in white iron
(more than 600,000 kilogrammes). Fifteen craftsmen worked for eighteen
months on the iron work. To make this construction possible, Horta
drew no less than 8,500 square meters of plans. The building was
completed in 1899 and was considered a master work. Because of the
experimental combination of brick, glass and steel this building was
considered as an example of modern architecture.
It was situated on Place Emile Vandervelde, near to the Sablon.
In spite of an international protest movement of over 700 architects,
the building was demolished in 1965. The building was dismantled
entirely with the idea of rebuilding it elsewhere. However, the
components of the building were scattered in vacant lots around
Brussels, and the building was never reconstructed. Later, structural
parts of the building were used in the Horta Grand Café in Antwerp.
The loss of the
Maison du Peuple
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Coordinates: 50°50′29″N 4°21′10″E / 50.84128°N 4.352675°E /