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Sander Pierron House

Rue de l'Aqueduc 157, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

Doors and stained glass, mezzanine, stairwell (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Doors and stained glass, mezzanine, stairwell (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 1972) ©KIK-IRPA, Bruxelles. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 1972) ©KIK-IRPA, Bruxelles. All rights reserved.

Front door pull handle (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Front door pull handle (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Foot of the staircase, entrance hall (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Foot of the staircase, entrance hall (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Library, first floor (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Library, first floor (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Doors and stained glass, mezzanine, stairwell (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Doors and stained glass, mezzanine, stairwell (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 1972) ©KIK-IRPA, Bruxelles. All rights reserved.

Façade (photo 1972) ©KIK-IRPA, Bruxelles. All rights reserved.

Front door pull handle (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Front door pull handle (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Foot of the staircase, entrance hall (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Foot of the staircase, entrance hall (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Library, first floor (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Library, first floor (photo ca 1990), photo Bastin-Evrard ©urban.brussels. All rights reserved.

Sander Pierron House

Sander Pierron, a popular early 20th century writer, journalist and art critic, was a great admirer of Victor Horta. He therefore asked Horta to design a rather modest house for him, in line with his limited financial means, but nevertheless imaginative.

FACADE

Note this façade, which, although simple, displays Horta’s easily recognisable style. The two most remarkable elements are the front door, with its blue stone surround, and the balcony on the top floor, featuring a large window… This was the room in which Sander Pierron worked.

To cover the façade, Horta used red bricks and glazed white bricks. The latter enliven the façade and form polychrome designs, which are fairly rare in Horta’s work. Despite the modest means available, bronze details are not left out: admire the stylised letter box and the moulded bell pull in the form of a swan’s neck.

INTERIOR

The interior layout is not as original as those of other creations by Horta. However, as a whole, it is well-appointed and elegant, and provides a feeling of comfort. The light, which filters through the yellow ochre stained glass in the mezzanine doors, is very beautiful. The foot of the staircase and its finely crafted bannister, as well as the mosaic floor in the entrance, give this house a great deal of charm.

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