Today work starts on the 850 m² flat roofs of the Centre for Fine Arts along rue Ravenstein and rue Baron Horta.
The renovation works entail repairs to the waterproofing membrane, the placing of additional insulation, and the restoration of the roof dome which lets daylight into the Bertouille Rotunda. The balustrade is also being reconstructed. The roof will be covered in concrete tiles so that it can be opened up to the public after the works are completed (provisional date spring 2020), just as Victor Horta had intended. Before long you’ll be able to admire the Brussels skyline from a brand-new roof terrace!
The roof apartment that Horta had planned in rue Baron Horta as a transition between the Art Deco Centre for Fine Arts and its Neoclassical neighbours is also being renovated. Originally intended as a private apartment for the Director-General (and later to house the caretaker), the apartment will be used by artists in residence.