Brussels is promoting its Art Nouveau architecture in 2023. Nice idea. But there are many other architectural styles in the city that also deserve to be noticed, like the modernist style that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Maison de Verre at Rue Jules Lejeune 69 is an exceptional example of the modernist movement. Designed by the young architect Paul-Amaury Michel in 1935 as his own home, it was inspired by Le Corbusier’s ideas as well as the Rietveld-Schroder House in Utrecht.
The house lies in a street of family houses with small front gardens, almost like an English suburb.
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