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'Hof ter Dampoort',
Dendermondsesteenweg 50,
B-9000 Ghent

t: +32 9 225 54 88

90, boulevard de Waterloo
B-1000 Brussels

t: +32 2 512 70 11
f: +32 2 512 31 90

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Redevelopment of the complex "Villa Empain", Brussels

Restoration and extension of the former Empain bank and manor house into offices, representation areas and integration of 4 houses 


This listed building in the heart of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw/Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges quarter in Brussels was built in 1878 as the residence for the Knight de Knuyt de Vosmaer. Fairly soon thereafter, it was purchased by Baron Empain. Following various adjustments and extensions, Baron Empain put in place his 'Banque industrielle de Belgique'. In the 1970s, the building belonged to the Régie des Bâtiments and the various large salons were divided into smaller office units using noise insulation walls and suspended ceilings. The recent removal of these prefabricated elements laid bare the original wealth of decorations in the salons.

The entire building has since been protected. It will be restored and set up as offices with a number of apartments in the adjoining buildings.


This building is a strong presence on the Brussels street scene and the restoration of it will be of great interest for further development of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw/Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges quarter.


1989 - Preliminary phase to obtain the building permit 


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Breevast nv / Empain Mansion



in collaboration with

B. Van Der Wee architects (restoration advice)
L. de Clercq (etude historique)

Ingenium (techniques)
SumProject (stability)


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