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Façade avant boulevard Leopold II 215

The house

The house was built by the architect Jean-Baptiste Dewin in 1904. This was the outstanding period of Art Nouveau, which had become known with the public predominantly thanks to its most important representative Victor Horta. Dewin wangles neatly the geometrical trend of the Art Nouveau, which depicts a certain period in the evolution of the living in Brussels. He resumes the eclectic tradition of the single-family dwelling, draws the geometry from it in order to be able strip it of redundant detail or reference to the past. Admire especially the mosaic façade, the entrance hall, staircase and the various stained-glass windows.

Chambres d'hôtes 215 Boulevard Léopold II à Bruxelles

Vitrail Jean-Baptiste Dewin - Chambres d'hôtes Léopold II à Bruxelles

Jean-Baptiste Dewin - Chambres d'hôtes Léopold II à Bruxelles

Vitraux Jean-Baptiste Dewin - Chambres d'hôtes Léopold II à Bruxelles

The Architect

Jean-Baptiste Dewin (1873-1948) is a part of the second generation of Art Nouveau architects, whose work was rather geometric. This trend, brought about by Paul Hankar, abrubtly breaks with the Art Nouveau of Horta, in which all wavy figures and forms are predominantly based on nature.
Dewin abundantly uses white brick, mosaic and sgraffito. Influenced by Hankar and the Wiener Secession, Dewin's work will evolve only in 1920 in the direction Art Déco. Famous names in the Art Déco movement, such as Louis-Herman de Koninck, Jean-Jules Eggericx, Jacques Obozinski and François Van Meulecom once apprenticed themselves to Dewin and this is how their careers have once started ...
During his career, Dewin focused on "hospital-architecture", but without ever giving up the realisation of the town houses.