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The interior of this 19th century civil house is just breath taking.
The Art Nouveau style is astonishing.
The house was erected in Neo classic style during the 2nd quarter of the 19th century.
In 1904 architect Paul Hamesse (1877-1956) was assigned by the owner, Cohn-Donnay, to transform the house into a geometrical Art Nouveau style.
Years went by… till it got restored and opened its doors as brasserie/restaurant.
I write 18th December 1981.
The Brasserie was blessed with the name “De Ultieme Hallucinatie” (The Ultimate Hallucination). I wonder where that name derived from?
In the front of the restaurant you will witness Art Nouveau Empire style, accompanied with Greek motives, copper work on the furniture and a monumental white marble open fire construction.
The middle part is related to the Art Nouveau style of Charles Rennie Macintosh.
If you would think Art Nouveau is Art Nouveau then you thought wrong. Even I don’t know all the differences.
The dining room is French Art Nouveau style!
Where the part of the brasserie is, used to be a garden. Now there is a marble floor and they build a bar with coloured glass windows. The interior exists out of former train benches that are designed for the national train company by Henri Vandevelde (a famous Art Nouveau designer that even designed his wife’s cloths. Poor thing was not allow to were anything else).
The Thonet chairs and tables are equally his creation.
The orangerie dates from 1887 and is erected in Neo Classical style. The Art Nouveau coloured glass was added in 1904. This room is now often used as salon for meetings.
On the first floor of this house there used to be a Jewish Loge.
I haven’t been up there but there should still be an Art Nouveau wooden confession chair.
Big groups are welcomed in Barok “Citizen Zeb” located in the previous horse stables.
Address: Koningstraat 316 Rue Royale, 1210 Brussels
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