Elyséum: a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city
This is a rapidly developing, fast-moving district, just like the neighbouring Le Châtelain. Close to the European institutions, it boasts extensive transport links (including the metro and Villo bicycle hire scheme). Just a short stroll from the Étangs d’Ixelles, the district stands at the crossroads of two worlds.
In one direction lies the hustle and bustle of the city with the capital’s most prestigious stores side-by-side with local boutiques, cafés, restaurants and terraces.
In the other direction, the quietness of the neighbouring streets makes them perfect for strolls, walks and relaxation. In terms of culture, the same wealth of attractions can be found: from the Museum of Ixelles to the Museum of Architecture, La Loge (housed in a former Masonic lodge), via Saint-Boniface church and the Flagey, a cultural centre dedicated entirely to music and the moving image, there really is something for everyone. And the market on Place Flagey is a must-visit for market lovers.
Ixelles is also a great location for schools. The immediate vicinity is home to a dozen schools including two renowned secondary schools, a music academy and a drama school. Just like the neighbourhood, Elyséum offers a secluded location close to the city centre and the shared tranquillity of an inward-facing plot.
The project originated as an administrative building with 12,000m² of office space.
A section was built on Rue des Champs-Elysées in the early 1950s by Maxime Brunfaut and was designed to house the National Office for Annual Leave (ONVA).
Around 1975, the ONVA purchased a series of houses and small town houses on Rue de la Croix and Chaussée d’Ixelles. These were demolished and replaced by the current building, designed by two functionalist architects from Antwerp, Léon Stynen and Paul De Meyer.
With the technological developments of the past decade radically changing our relationship with work and ways of working, this building consequently became too big for the ONVA’s needs. The organisation exchanged its 12,000m² of office space in Ixelles for 4,000m² in the centre of Brussels and issued a call for tenders for the purchase of the block.