"This art deco building is characterized by an expressive, high-contrast material treatment and a streamlined design".
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This stately bel-etage building is part of four houses built in the 1930s on behalf of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Louise Marie Hertoghe-Belpaire, owners of the opposite Duchy domain. This complex is one of the last to be built by the famous architect Jan De Vroey. Together with the Jan Van Rijswijcklaan and the Van Putlei, the Markgravelei is part of a residential area in the city center. Within walking distance of the international arts centre deSingel, parks, shops an Olympic swimming pool, it offers excellent accessibility both by public transport and by car thanks to its proximity -to-be-covered - ring road. This four-story Art Deco building, characterized by an expressive, high-contrast treatment of materials and a streamlined design, has been renovated with respect for the authentic elements. Its floor plan corresponds to the type of bel-etage house with a central staircase with copper tubular railing and skylight.
The entrance floor consists of a spacious hall with guest toilet, a meeting or storage room and a garden room with small bathroom at the back (which could serve as a B&B room) that gives access to the landscaped city garden with water feature.
On the bel-etage, the living room with built-in fireplace takes up the full width of the street side with a view of the Hertoghe park. At the back, the large open kitchen opens onto a cozy terrace.
The second floor features a spacious landing with fitted wardrobes, a large bedroom above the salon a bathroom and two smaller bedrooms.
On the third floor there are three more bedrooms, a small bathroom and a storage space.
- Steel joinery, copper tubular railing, and more in particular the exquisite Art Deco ironwork of the entrance door.
- Herringbone parquet on the entrance floor and bél-etage with tropical wood and veneer joinery.
- Basement the width of the property (approx. 2.3m² free height), oil fired central heating with new burner (2012) and heating oil reservoir.
- Renewed and insulated roof (2006) with solar panels (2011) and green power certificates.
The houses in the Markgravelei and the Korte Lozanastraat are among the last realizations of Jan De Vroey, who died in 1933. Of the same bél-etage type with a quasi-identical floor plan, two of the houses were designed in traditional beaux-arts style, and three in a more progressive Art Deco style. This combination is representative of the late oeuvre of the architect, who navigated between the two style idioms during the interbellum. Even at the beginning of his career around the turn of the century, the architect simultaneously practiced conventional neoclassicism, eclecticism and art nouveau. Shortly before the First World War he realized his most important work, the neo-Gothic Sint-Hubertus church in Berchem.
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