Tag: architecture

Out of the attic and into the museum – showcasing our collections

Following the Museum’s temporary move to boulevard de Berlaimont, the decision was taken to showcase certain items from the collection that fit best into the new museum space or which had simply not yet been shown to the public.

Marcel Van Goethem: the National Bank’s 20th century Beyaert

As you maybe already know, a new museum will shortly be opening its doors on the boulevard de Berlaimont. February’s Spotlight/Object of the Month is therefore being dedicated to the building that will house it and to the work of its architect, Marcel Van Goethem.

Brussels, m’as-tu vu? Exploring the Hôtel du gouverneur

Did you know that the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium has an official residence within the Bank itself for the entire duration of his mandate?

The National Bank of Belgium and its modern architecture

The Brussels North-South connection is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012. The long-awaited railway link between the stations of Brussels South (Midi) and Brussels North was inaugurated on 4 October 1952 by the young King Baudouin. It was in this context that the National Bank had a new building constructed for its offices in the Boulevard de Berlaimont.

Renaissance of a historical building in the heart of Brussels

Constructed in 1872, the building that housed the former Union du crédit de Bruxelles had not opened its doors to the public for almost 30 years. Defaced, pillaged, damaged by fire …the building was finally rescued and restored by the National Bank.

The Museum’s façade

Before looking at the Bank’s oldest façade in detail, a few more words on the Hôtel of the Governor itself. The Old French word, “hôtel” has been used since the 18th century to signify the urban residence, temporary or permanent, of a person of high rank, in this case the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium. The statutes of the Bank stipulated that the Governor should live in the capital; in return, the Bank was to be responsible for the cost of furnishing and maintaining his town residence.

Henri Beyaert (1823-1894)

Henri Beyaert was one of the most influential architects that Belgium has ever known. With prestigious projects such as the Petit Sablon park and the Concert Noble in Brussels or Tournai station, he became decidedly famous. However, the reason for this portrait lies in his designs for the National Bank, especially the Bank’s Hotel in Brussels, the building in which the museum is housed, and the Antwerp branch of the Bank, depicted next to him on the banknote.