Horta's Palace

Seen through the eyes of 3 experts

The Centre for Fine Arts has a history of almost 100 years. The story began with the architect Victor Horta, who was given the task to design this building in 1919. He traded the sinuous lines of art nouveau for the geometric language of form of art deco. In his memoirs, he calls the Palace a high point in his career. Almost a century later, the same building was hit by a fire on the roof. More than ever, we want to cherish our Centre and dive into its rich history. We asked three experts what makes the architecture of this cultural house so special.

Horta's challenges

Stéphane Vanreppelen tells us more about the challenges and difficulties Victor Horta faced when he was asked by the city of Brussels to design the Centre for Fine Arts.

Horta's Palace | Interview | BOZAR

Unique incidence of light

Barbara Van der Wee is an architect and the current master builder of the Centre for Fine Arts. She talks about how Horta brought light into his building in every possible way to highlight the arts.

Horta's Palace: Barbara Van der Wee | Interview | BOZAR




Francis Carpentier takes a look at the way artists and architects have worked with the building over the centuries. How did Horta's architecture, which can be both a blessing and a challenge, inspire them?


Barbara Van der Wee has been the architect of the Centre for Fine Arts for 15 years. She is in charge of the restoration works. How do you tackle such a large project? And how do you deal with unpredictable situations such as a fire?