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Villa Dirickz, Brussels, Belgium

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Villa Dirickz

Designed in by the famous Belgian Architect Marcel Leborgne, a pioneer of contemporary architecture and one of the founders of « Modernism » in Belgium. During Modernism, in architecture as in decoration, we see a transformation towards a more industrialized production. This meant abandoning the sinuous lines, which machinery could not follow, in favour of the abstract straight lines. Marcel Leborgne designed this villa for Mr. Dirickz, the director of the Forges de Clabecq, an iron and steel factory, who loved art, theatre and a glittering lifestyle. Marcel Leborgne designed a veritable palace for him and the construction was probably planned to begin in 1929 and finish before 1935. The Villa Dirickz forms a virtual cube in which the architect has played with forms to produce a homogenous agglomeration of geometrical volumes. The Villa, after a period in which had fallen into a state of severe disrepair, it was bought in 2007 by Alexander Cambron. He renovated it totally in 2009 as he wanted to make this jewel of modernism once again habitable, fully fitted and decorated for a new owner. The Villas has been fully equipped with Alivar products, thanks to the care and professionalism that Alivar has always shown in the reproduction of the masterpieces of industrial design.