The 1960s left a deep mark on Brussels, in both good and bad ways.
Architects René Stapels and Pierre Dufau respected the new architectural principles of the post-war years, while emphasizing aesthetics above all.
The building owned by La Royale Belge (insurance company now AXA) marks its era with its daring, modernity and freedom of design.
The cross-shaped building, set on a stretch of water, a good distance from the boulevard, appears like a true piece of art.
It was from the start considered a major achievement of modern architecture.
Unoccupied for several years and having been the subject of a lot of speculation, it was registered by the Government on the safeguard list in May 2019.
A rehabilitation project is underway, hotel, offices, and apartments should see the day in 2023.
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