Former Bata factory

FOR09 Former Bata factory
Name Former Bata factory
Address Avenue Van Volxem 302
City/Neighborhood Forest
  • Art Deco

Original use
  • Usine

Year 1927
Architect(s) and/or artist(s)
  • Van Meulecom François

Built on the site of a former factory dating from 1871, the new Frans Fils (FF) shoe factory was created in 1927 on avenue Van Volxem.

Architect Fran├žois Van Meulecom, a pupil of Jean Baptiste Dewin, who was in charge of the project.

Designed in the Art Deco style, the building has a beautiful facade in three different bays, including a high bay pierced by multiple windows.

Beautiful work of alternating bricks and simili stone on hardstone bases.

In 1942, FF merged with the Czech shoe manufacturer Bata, the building then displayed the new sign, until the departure of the company in 1990.

All the buildings have been transformed into apartments and offices in the 2000s.

Not to miss, a stone's throw away, the Wiels brewery and two little-known but remarkable Art Nouveau houses.

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