Shell Building

BRU16 Shell Building
Name Shell Building
Address Rue Ravenstein 48
City/Neighborhood Brussels
  • Art Deco

Original use
  • Offices

Year 1934
Architect(s) and/or artist(s)
  • Dumont Alexis
  • Van Goethem Marcel

Built between 1932 and 1934, to the plans of architects Alexis Dumont and Marcel Van Goethem, the monumental Shell complex fits perfectly to the angle formed by Cantersteen and rue Raventsein.

Note the name SHELL embossed on top of the corner facade.

A fine example of international Art Deco architecture, sober and balanced, using high quality materials. Composed of shops at street level, luxurious offices and meeting or conference rooms, the whole has been thought out down to the smallest detail.

Olivier Strebelle created a sculpture of a giant seashell, the Shell emblem, for the main entrance.

Dumont and Van Goethem built in the same district the building of the FEB (Federation des Enterprises de Belgique) and of Assurances Trieste, in front of the Palais des Beaux Arts.

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