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Villa Empain

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Address: Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67, Brussels 1050, Belgium
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+32 2 627 52 30

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Luxurious Art Deco Pearl

Home of the Boghossian Foundation and a center for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West. But foremost a fantastic building, well ahead of the time in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 January 2017
Peter D
Antwerp, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Home of the Boghossian Foundation and a center for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West. But foremost a fantastic building, well ahead of the time in 1934 and a fantastic mix of Fine Arts, Art Deco and modern classicism. The catalogue in the shop offers a good insight in the enormous restauration process of... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

The villa is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in architecture and or history of Brussels. The colored windows are amazing, both seen from the inside of the house and outside.

Thank Sogning
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Villa Empain is a gorgeous art deco villa from the early 1930s, now owned by the private Boghossian Foundation. It was commissioned to Swiss architect Michel Polak by Louis Empain, son of a wealthy businessman, hence its name. Like other famous thirties villas, such as Mallet-Stevens’ Villa Cavrois in France or Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat in the Czech... More 

Thank Trainbleu
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The villa was built in the 1930's in an exquisite art deco style, with lots of natural stone walls and grand spaces. I for one really enjoyed it as there was no holding back of the architect, leading to an almost cartoonesk house, very imaginative and full of evocative fantasy. There are some small temporary exhibitions normally which can extend... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Our group paid 40 euros to walk through an almost empty house. The few rooms that were (barely) furnished provide no information for the visitor. The house and pool area are beautiful but read up before visiting..

Thank Esty d
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Empain Villas is a true Art Deco gems in Brussels (very few houses are Art Deco in Brussels) and it was buid on a nice part of Brussels by Pollak for the famous Empain family. All is perfectly renovated including the garden and the beautiful swimming pool. It is own now by the foundation boghossian for dialog between Orient... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Go there just to see the villa. It's unbelievable. The outside of the villa, the gardens, the pool area. Inside it's all precious wood, real and fake marble and Art Deco metal work. Their exhibitions change every three or four months, some are interesting some not so much, but go there just for the villa. It is fabulous. And then... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

I just visited today. Glad I did. A masterpiece of Art Deco but especially a gorgeous house. We also liked the exhibition that ran till today. Tip: Check opening days because I have the impression they close for a few days between exhibitions.

Thank Jurgen B
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110 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

I loved that visit. I could have spent hours taking pictures of the Art Deco details. As this house is lesser known and a bit further outside the center you can almost enjoy it by yourself. The information provided was very focused on the art rather than the building which I think leaves room for improvement. Considering the extent of... More 

Thank thereallife
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

The building suffered a lot since ownership of this place changed so many times in the last decades. Now huge investment recreates the real spirit of Art Deco Style.


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