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|Location||Brussels, Belgium map|
|Date||1895 to 1898 timeline|
|Construction System||masonry and metal|
|Notes||Rich lofty spaces on a restricted site. Also by Horta, Tassel House, 1892|
|Discussion||Hotel van Eetvelde Commentary
"The Hotel van Eetvelde in Brussels was designed in 1898 by Victor Horta, undoubtedly the key European Art Nouveau architect. While most other architects flirted with the new style, Horta found it gave the best expression to his ideas. His skill is demonstrated in his ability to slip his domestic designs into narrow constricted sites. The interiors become of great importance as centres of light, which permeates through the filigree domes and skylightsusually in the centre of the building. The Hotel van Eetvelde is a remarkable example of the way Horta handled the situation and used it to highlight the imposing staircase, which leads up to the first-floor reception rooms."
John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. p224.
Sources on Hotel van Eetvelde
Franco Borsi and Paolo Portoghesi. Victor Horta. New York: Rizzoli Internationa Publications, Inc., 1991. exterior photo of from street, f333, p186. interior photo of octagonal hall, f344, p193.
Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.
John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. ISBN 0-394-49887-9. NA200.G76. section drawing, interior photo, p224. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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