54. Pavilion of Human Passions


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Parc du Cinquantenaire

At the request of the sculptor Jef Lambeaux, Victor Horta agreed to design a pavilion in the Cinquantenaire Park. It was the first Brussels building by this architect from Ghent who introduced Art Nouveau principles into the structure, which was based on that of a Greek temple, through the detailing. The fluted columns are elegant, and the whole is delicately crowned by an entablature and pediment. Overhead lighting calls attention to Jef Lambeaux's sculptural work. Having been inaugurated on 1 October 1899, access to the building was banned four days later in response to violent public indignation at Jef Lambeaux's 12-metre-long and 8-metre-high bas-reief which does indeed represent "Human Passions". The pavilion had been designed to be open, but doors were fitted in 1910 in an effort to reconcile morality and technique; moreover, the sculptor felt that his work presented better in a more intimate atmosphere. Despite being incomplete (temporary doors and unadorned pediment), this pavilion by Victor Horta occupies an essential place in the architecture of the new century.

Arch. Victor HORTA, 1841-1904


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  • Art nouveau
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