Jef Van den Houte

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ART NOUVEAU houses in Antwerp

Published June 26th, 2013

Zurenborg is an area in south-east Antwerp largely developed between 1894 and 1906 that features a high concentration of houses in Art Nouveau and other fin-de-siècle styles.

Zurenborg is unique in Antwerp in the sense that it is one of the few areas developed according an urbanistic plan in the late 19th century.

The houses were often named and decorated with accompanying themes. The influence of organic and natural sources is particularly evident in the themes and names of the Art Nouveau homes: The Sunflower, The Rose, The Tulip, etc. Houses also referenced local history or the names of the streets upon which they stand.

With car ownership rising and upper middle class households moving to the suburbs, the status of Zurenborg - especially Cogels Osylei came down. The houses were regarded as too big and too much energy consuming. A major plan was made in the 1960s to transform the whole area into a business and office area similar to the one built at Brussels North station.

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Guillemins, a masterpiece of Calatrava

Published October 18th, 2012

The new railway station of Guillemins, Liège (Belgium) has been designed by the Spanish start architect, Santiago de Calatrava.

It's a overwhelming structure of curved lines and shapes, where the light plays an essential part in.

I have been there a few times several years ago. I went back some weeks ago and tried to capture some more details of the architecture

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