Modernist bank building in Broekstraat/Rue du Marais Brussels, Belgium

This time a bank building from Brussels, Belgium. It is one of the best examples of modernist architecture and one of the best known in the area (if you ask design related locals to recommend nice modernist building this will be the one).

Modernist bank building in Broekstraat 1

Prefabricated concrete pieces mounted together with the help of metal pieces and tension cables, make an intricate façade. The building looks contemporary enough, some designers nowadays copy the style, however the level of detailing and quality of execution is difficult to match. I can hardly imagine what building, built in recent years, will be looking at least ok, 50 years down the road.

Modernist bank building in Broekstraat 2

Very sculptural corner detail:

 Modernist bank building in Broekstraat 3

The building is in a very good condition, my guess is that concrete façade must have been cleaned-up recently.

Modernist bank building in Broekstraat 4

View from the street, Brussels as a permanent construction site (changes for the better, thought) :

Modernist bank building in Broekstraat 5

However and sadly my on-line search could not retrieve any information about the building nor who designed it. It would be great if anyone from the readers could tell me, if they happen to possess such information.

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  1. That’s very interesting. especially for me, because we have a very, (very) similar building (also a large bank building) here in Dublin. The resemblance as i say, of those very “sculptural” forms in concrete, (pre-fabricated probably although `i wouldn’t have known or guessed this until I read your piece) is pretty clear. Anyway, the two buildings are so similar in many ways, that I now wonder if it’s the same architect? If I find out I’ll certainly try to let you know. best regards- Arran.

    • Very interesting to know that similar building exist elsewhere. It could be the same architect, but could be architectural fashion of the specific period. If you ever find out who was the architect of the building in Dublin please let me know, or maybe you could let me know the location where the building is – I would be very grateful.
      Thanks again, Arran!

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  7. Yes it is beautiful and the surface is exposed aggregate, there are numerous buildings in Belgium done the same way. The main limitation is that they are shaped well however all of them +/- have the same color as technically it is difficult with this type of exposed aggregate finish to get shades other than what is obtained by grey cement and in this case white cement. It is not possible to paint them. After years of research finally we could come up with products that can change the shade of facades, change the cement matrix color and if desired also aggregates while preserving the intricate surface sharp details. These buildings now can be refreshed to look other colors and at the same time look natural as if not painted. If interested please visit our website: Thank you.

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  9. I have pictures of this building from my travel to Brussels, too! :-)

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