Bibliothèque Solvay

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 31 Aug 2006, 00:00 (Updated: 13 Dec 2012, 07:59)
Bibliothèque Solvay
Built on the initiative of the industrialist patron, Ernest Solvay, the building that was to accommodate a Sociology Institute is known, nowadays, by the name of Bibliothèque Solvay. The plans were established by the architects Constant Bosmans and Henri Vandeveld, who were helped in their task by Emile Waxweiler, Professor of Sociology at the University of Brussels.

Equipped with an enormous comfortable reading room, with abundant daylight via wide bay windows, the library was also hiding behind its elegant Art Nouveau frontages a number of individual dens with upholstered doors. The building, disposed of by the Free University of Brussels, was classified in 1988 in a sorry state. It was the subject, in the Nineties, of some remarkable restoration, which returned it to its original beauty. Inaugurated in 1994, Bibliothèque Solvay today houses many events.

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