My top 4 Art Deco buildings
Art Deco was a material style movement that developed during the 1920s in Europa and the United States. The term art deco was popularized by the art historian and critic Bevis Hiller in the book ‘Art Deco of the 20s and 30s’. There’s a theory that this was an abbreviation of the ‘Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industrials’, an exhibition held in Paris in 1925.
Art Deco was completely different from Art Nouveau, the style that preceded it. Art Nouveau was floral and with curvy lines. Art Deco was bold, stark and has simple lines. An Art Deco building was designed to be clean and uncluttered, but still refined and elegant. Sometimes nautical or precolombian elements are included.
Firma De Coene
Why am I telling you all this? Because the last months we were busy in Schoten (my hometown, next to Antwerp). From the 9th till the 24th of April there’s an exhibition about Art Deco and more specific about Joseph De Coene. He was a painter and entrepreneur. The furniture of his company ‘De Coene’ are celebrated around the world.
1. Belgian Fruit Fair
Zeevaartstraat 3, Antwerp
I already wrote about this warehouse, here.
2. Shop Tilquin
Meir 99, Antwerp
Tilquin is a shop specialised in cutlery, silverware and crockery. In 1933 they asked architect Joseph Selis to design a new shop. After 60 years the shop moved to another building. Between 2002 and 2004 the shop and apartments above were renovated by architecten Driesen – Meersman – Thomaes.
3. Farmer’s tower
Schoenmarkt 35, Antwerp
The Boerentoren (Farmer’s tower in English) is constructed between 1929 and 1932. The current height is 95,8 meters what made this one of the tallest buildings in Antwerp. It is considered to be Europe’s first skyscraper. There were three architects involved in the design of this tower: Emiel Van Averbeke, Jan Vanhoenacker and Jos Smolderen.
The Sint-Annatunnel is the official name of this tunnel, but everyone knows it by the name ‘Voetgangerstunnel’ (pedestrian tunnel). Built between 1931 and 1933 the tunnel connect the left and right bank of the river Scheldt. The entrance buildings designed by Emiel Van Averbeke are typical for the era it was built in.
More architecture in Antwerp
Renovation of the KMSKA – ready for the 21th century Renovatin KMSKA Kaan Architecten Antwerp, Leopold de Waelplaats 2 2011 – 2020 (?) The facades of the KMSKA The KMSKA has been closed for years due to renovation work. Years ago I followed an art history...
Economic heart to hotel – The Stock Exchange in Antwerp Stock Exchange Stramien (designing architect) ELD Partnership (executive architect) Origin (restauration) Antwerp, Twaalfmaandenstraat (1531) 2015 – 2019 Stock Exchange It is becoming a tradition:...
Extension campus deSingel Extension de Singel Stéphane Beel Architects Antwerp, Desguinlei 25 2002 – 2010 Extension de Singel In October 2010 there was the grand opening weekend of the new building of deSingel. I was allowed to participate in this. Not through...