Waucquez textile shop (now the Belgian Comic Strip Centre)

Victor Horta

The two-story facade

Apparently when Charles Waucquez commissioned Horta, he was not eager to have an Art Nouveau building. Thus this structure (certainly the exterior) is less obviously in that style than Horta's earlier works. The exterior is stone, without exposed metal. Still, the window frames have gentle sinuous curves and wrought iron grates-with rather less elaborate designs than other Art Nouveau buildings have. The interior (see below) has a colored glass mezzanine--with the kind of ceiling light well that Horta used in domestic interiors. Today the state of Belgium owns the building, which houses a museum for comic strips.

The curve of the upper window and an end window which helps to "bracket" the ground floor


Views of the interior


Colored glass, delicate metal columns, and "walls" with metal designs


Looking back toward the entrance; the fanciful capital

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