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Théâtre Flamand

Théâtre Flamand (19)

It was in 1883 that the architect Jean Baes was contracted to enlarge one of the old warehouses in the port and turn it into a new theatre. In this commission he was instructed to maintain the building’s old facade, as the intention was to conserve the old dock area of the river Senne as much as possible, in memory of Brussels’ formerly very active port. 

The architect’s solution to this problem was very simple: he decided to maintain the original facade at the back of the new construction. 

Besides, the Théâtre Flamand was built according to the strict safety rules of the period. This therefore explains the presence of the four exterior metal terraces, and the stairway, the foot of which leads onto the street, built as such so that the audience could be evacuated in the event of emergency. 

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