January 15, 2017

2928 BELGIUM (Brussels) - Hotel Tassel - part of Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (UNESCO WHS)

2928 Stairway of Hôtel Tassel

Victor Horta was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1861 and lived for several years in Paris before returning to Belgium to work as an architect in 1880. He achieved rapid success, working on several prestigious buildings and receiving a number of official posts including a position at the Free University of Brussels. From 1892, Horta began working in the new Art Nouveau style, being credited as the first to introduce the style to architecture from the decorative arts. Four of his buildings - Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and Maison & Atelier Horta - were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The stylistic revolution represented by these works is characterised by their open plan, diffusion and transformation of light throughout the construction, the creation of a decor that brilliantly illustrates the curved lines of decoration embracing the structure of the building, the use of new materials (steel and glass) and the introduction of modern technical utilities. Through the rational use of the metallic structures, often visible or subtly dissimulated, Victor Horta conceived flexible, light and airy living areas, directly adapted to the personality of their inhabitants.

The Hotel Tassel was built between 1893 and 1894 for the Belgian scientist and professor Emile Tassel, and is generally considered as the first true Art Nouveau building, because of its highly innovative plan and its groundbreaking use of materials and decoration. The house consists of three different parts: two rather conventional buildings in brick and natural stone, linked by a steel structure covered with glass. Through the glass roof it functions as a light shaft that brings natural light into the centre of the building. In this part of the house, Horta made the maximum of his skills as an interior designer.

About the stamps

The stamps are part of the series Buzin, animals in motion, designed by André Buzin and Kris Maes, and issued on March 23, 2015.
• Greylag goose
• Mute swan
• Blue heron
• Eagle-owl
• Coot
• Red deer - It's on the postcard 2928
• Ermine
• European otter - It's on the postcard 2928
• European hare
• Red squirrel

Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels) - UNESCO official website
Hôtel Tassel - Wikipedia

Sender: Beatrice Christiana Johnson
Sent from Houthalen-Helchteren (Limburg / Belgium), on 30.12.2016
Photo. Bastin & Evrard

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