Brussels puts the spotlight on architecture in October


Brussels is full of architectural gems. Many remarkable institutions and houses honour the art of construction, including Art Nouveau, Art Deco and neoclassical architecture. In October, the European capital puts architecture in the spotlight. With guided tours of private homes, conferences and performing arts, many different activities will allow visitors to discover the wealth of Brussels’ architectural heritage.

During October, Brussels will honour the many different aspects of architecture in a wide variety of ways. Numerous events will immerse visitors in the fascinating world of the art of construction, from the unmissable BANAD Festival to the multidisciplinary Artonov and the Brussels Biennale for Modern Architecture. Here is an overview in chronological order.

Louis Tenaerts

Brussels resident Louis Tenaerts (1898-1994) was a prolific architect and builder, as well as a businessman with considerable flair! He was a true chameleon architect, who followed fashions, adopted modernity and integrated new fashionable materials. Drawing on the rich variety of Art Deco forms, he designed joyful, efficient architecture, making his mark on many Brussels neighbourhoods. While his ocean liner-style homes are among the most striking in Brussels, Tenaerts himself is a little-known figure well worth discovering!

Dates: 18 September to 22 November, every day from 10am to 6pm, free of charge

Venue: Halles Saint Géry

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BANAD Festival: Autumn Edition

The Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco (BANAD) Festival is an exceptional event that highlights the Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is held every year, only during weekends in March. This new Autumn festival is a smaller-scale event. The programme includes guided tours of Art Nouveau and Art Deco interiors which are usually closed to the public. A unique opportunity to (re)discover these gems of Brussels’ architectural heritage!

Dates: 26 September to 4 October

Venues: Various locations around Brussels

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Artonov Festival

This Festival is inspired by the international Art Nouveau movement, as much by itsphilosophy as by its application. It creates a convergence of the performing arts, including music, dance, theatre, and the visual arts by encouraging interdisciplinarity.

This new edition of the ARTONOV Festival will be on the theme “What the day owes the night”. Lockdown has been a challenge for all of us as individuals, as communities and forsociety as a whole. It is now time to bring light after this dark period by reconnecting withcultural events.

Dates: 4 to 11 October

Venues: Various locations around Brussels

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Archiweek will put the spotlight on contemporary architecture in the Brussels Region. From 5 to 13 October 2020, is offering guided tours of contemporary projects, symposia, workshops, conferences and exhibitions available to all. Architectural firms will also open their doors to the public.

This year, the event will be curated by Traumnovelle, a militant architectural faction based in Brussels, de humbble, an exploratory design laboratory, and Katía Truijen, a theorist and media researcher. Advocating for quality urban life in times of pandemic and beyond and exploring the boundaries that will define our urban production sites, the curatorial team will present a selection of some 20 contemporary works in Brussels, explained and opened up to the public on the weekend of 10 and 11 October 2020.

Dates: 5 to 13 October 2020

Venues: Various locations around Brussels

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