Asli Cicek //Interior Architect// Brussels 1190
/Asli's favorite places in Brussels/
When I first came to Brussels in 2001 this complex was one of the first sights I’ve been taken to. I liked the beautiful modernist buildings, two terraces connecting two levels of the city, the view and the melancholy of the place at that time because the complex was kind of abandoned. Recently the facades are being renovated one by one and ‘updated’, in a very banal way, but I still like passing by there.
I spend quite considerable time in this beautiful Art Deco pool, by going there three to four times a week to swim. Though always interested to see some nice buildings I am not into architecture- tourism; I rather prefer architecture you can enjoy while using it. Victor Boin is a good place for that: an elegant interior, small but individual changing rooms over three floors aligned on both sides along the pool, spacious, simple. There is nothing else to do than swimming; no other sports activities, no music or leisure possibilities around the basin and I love that! It is a great way of starting or ending the day, I arrange a lot in my head while swimming. There is a turkish bath as well, but typical for Brussels: its renovation takes ages.
Over the ten years I live now in Brussels this little Italian restaurant became an evident place to go, with friends or alone, sometimes late in the evening but always welcomed warmly by the owners Aurelio and Antonio. The food is great, a nice pasta or fish, but my favourite being the gambas with rosemary as a starter...
The inside of this building fascinates me always: the dome covering the central hall is on 100m height, it is pure interior, overwhelming and somehow absurd in proportions. What is nice is that the building serves still as a justice palace and can simply be visited throughout the working hours, with attorneys running around, people getting consultations in the main hall, everything pretty much at its normal course, ignoring the crazy interior that intrigues me so much.
Two years ago a good friend of mine made me discover this silent bar with its original art- deco interior, also the entrance of the hotel with the same name, in a small street off the terribly irritating Rue Neuve. Very peaceful to have this hidden oasis in the middle of the centre, but there isn’t much of an atmosphere with music or many clients occupying the boots or the tables. For people expecting entertainment as in L’ Archiduc at Beurs this bar would certainly be a boring place, but I guess that’s exactly the reason why I like it: Calm conversations or reading something on your own without disturbance, along a (or some) half en half(s)...
/ production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON /