Monday, September 29, 2008

The Tassel House Victor Horta

The Tassel House was designed during the Art Nouveau era in 1893, now called Hotel Tassel. The Hotel Tassel is a town house built by Victor Horta in Brussels in the Art definitively broke with this traditional scheme. In fact he built a house consisting of three different parts. Two rather conventional buildings in brick and natural stone - one on the side of the street and one on the side of the garden - were linked by a steel structure covered with glass. It functions as the connective part in the spatial composition of the house and contains staircases and landings that connect the different rooms and floors. 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, that could also be used for receiving guests, for the Belgian scientist and professor Emile Tassel. It has a highly innovative plan and a ground breaking use of materials and decoration. This architecture fits perfectly in to the Art Nouveau style. I think that the serpentine lines really play a large role in the design. Which is one of the key components Nouveau style. At the Hotel Tassel HortaHorta made the maximum of his skills as an interior designer. He designed every single detail; doorhandles, woodwork, panels and windows in stained glass, mosaic flooring, stair railings, electric fittings and even the decorative wall paintings and the furnishing.

It is a great example of the Art Nouveau style, and the line quality really contributed to the type which was used during this style.

Exterior view of the building. Still using the curvilinear lines in the design.



gdhistory anderson becker carter said...

I agree, this building is one of the greatest example of art nouveau. It is beautiful. I like how you gave images of both the interior and the exterior.

Aimi Farhana said...

thanks for that information. I hope that it will be a detail information about the Tassel House. But, it's not. A bit disappointing. Anyway, thanks.