Hôtel Winssinger

Victor Horta architect

1897
Brussels (Belgium)

Price: €3,900,000

930 m² (3 lots)
Hôtel Winssinger: 430 m² (430 sq.m.)
Art Deco gallery: 345 m²
Office space: 155 m².
Winter gardens
Private garden

Description

An Art Nouveau jewel by Victor Horta in Brussels

This property, comprising three separate units, extends over a block that includes the illustrious “Hôtel Winssinger”, designed in 1897 by Belgian Art Nouveau master Victor Horta. It offers a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of Brussels’ modern architectural heritage, combining rich history, contemporary comfort and multiple uses.

Facing the street, a vast 430 m² triplex occupies the ground, mezzanine and first floors of the Hôtel Winssinger, a masterpiece designed by architect Victor Horta (listed as a Historic Monument in 1984). The ground floor features a large entrance hall, three office areas, two winter gardens and a private garden at the rear. On the mezzanine level, a landing leads to two additional offices. The first floor comprises a hall, four offices and a kitchen. A large cellar completes this lot.
Vibrant Art Nouveau testimony, it has retained all its period details and can be converted into a living, working or exhibition space.

At the heart of the block, a gallery offers 345 m² of exhibition space under a majestic Art Deco concave glass roof that bathes the main volume in natural light. Freely convertible, it also features an entrance hall, kitchen and courtyard. This space, with its refined, minimalist elegance, can be used for events or as a commercial space.

The third 155 m² duplex apartment is located at the rear of the building and enjoys absolute peace and quiet. Served by a staircase, it houses three luxury offices and a kitchen, divided between the mezzanine and the first floor, and offers ideal space for a workshop or professional area.

Six secure parking spaces are available in the neighbouring building. Three spaces are allocated to the Hôtel particulier, two to the gallery and one to the offices to the rear.

The whole complex can be split up to meet the specific needs of the purchaser. Various combinations of spaces can be envisaged.

This unique development is located in the emblematic Saint-Gilles district, close to Avenue de la Toison d’Or and Boulevard de Waterloo, one of Brussels’ most popular areas for its lively village atmosphere.

The Saint-Gilles district is an open-air gallery of Art Nouveau, where architects Victor Horta and Ernest Blérot designed many of their buildings.

A typical Art Nouveau design

The Hôtel Winssinger is fully in keeping with the Art Nouveau movement: its façade of white stone enhanced with bluestone plays on a polychromy of soft colours; its bay breaks with the classical layout by giving the whole a convex movement. The openings feature a refined graphic approach: low-arched bays, bays with cushions or highlighted with archivolts, for which Victor Horta deploys a goldsmith’s work, paying particular attention to the light. A bow window punctuated by four cast-iron columns opens onto the third level, flanked by balconies with elegant ochre wrought-iron railings adorned with plant arabesques.

This refined décor continues inside, from the entresol windows with their colourful stained glass and floral motifs, to the coffered ceilings and marble mosaic floors;

Hôtel Tassel, 1893, © All rights reserved

Hôtel Solvay, 1898, © All rights reserved

A testimony of the Horta style

The construction of the Hôtel Winssinger was a continuation of the prestigious houses commissioned from Victor Horta. Following on from the Hôtel Tassel (1893), the Maison Autrique (1893) and the Hôtel Solvay (1894), with this building the Belgian architect continued to assert a style in which curves and “whiplash” predominate. In his work, metal became an architectural element in its own right, embracing stone and glass. The use of wood and wrought iron, the low arch and the mosaic compositions (stylised floral elements) make this hotel a repertoire of the architect’s style;

Portrait de Victor Horta © Droits réservés

© Droits réservés

Victor Horta, leader of the Belgian Art Nouveau style

Victor Horta (1861-1947) was a Belgian architect considered to be the leader of Art Nouveau in Belgium. He began his training in 1873 at the architecture department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, before moving to Paris in 1878, where he joined the studio of the decorative architect Jules Debuysson: there he experimented with innovative building materials such as steel and glass;

An apostle of iron, Horta gave it its letters of nobility and developed revolutionary innovations in architecture. He used exposed metal structures as decorative elements in their own right, and introduced the free plan and luminous living spaces, lit by large skylights and light wells often adorned with stained glass windows;

In 1893, Victor Horta gained access to private commissions and delivered the Hôtel Tassel, the first Art Nouveau building in Brussels, which applied a construction system inspired by Viollet-Le-Duc, followed by the Maison Autrique. These two projects launched his career, and he went on to receive commissions for private mansions and department stores. He designed the Belgian Pavilion at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1925, and was also responsible for the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tournai (1928).

Technical info

Complete file on request
Fees payable by the seller

Co-ownership.

Property complex with car park: €3,900,000 (excluding fees and costs).

Front section “Hotel Winssinger”: €2,000,000 (excluding fees and costs)
Available 01/08/2024, currently rented.

Galerie centrale Art Déco: €1,200,000 (combined sale required, excluding fees and costs)
Available 01/12/2024, currently rented.

Duplex office at the back: €490,000 (excluding fees and charges)
Available immediately

Parking: €210,000 in total, €35,000 per space (excluding fees and charges).

ECD: NC

Photo credit: © Jeroen Verrecht

Additional information

Prix de vente

3 900 000 €

Géolocalisation

Bruxelles (Belgique)

Architecte

Victor Horta

Location

International

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