Portrait

//DAMIEN//

DAMIEN JALET //Choreographer & Dancer// Brussels 1000

 

 

/ Damien's favorite places in Brussels /

 

The Temple of Human Passions

A Brussels’ secret. I used to play in the Park du Cinquantenaire when I was a kid and keep a vivid memory of this secret pavilion built by Victor Horta nearby the Great Mosque. This temple holds a spectacular marble relief of Jef Lambeaux representing the human passions, which was censored at the time as it was judged indecent. The pavilion was closed to the public since the scandal it created during its inauguration more than a century ago, but has is now open during the summertime.

 aub/svp

Great food can change your mood. Here is an amazing restaurant with only three choices on the menu, which changes every day. Fresh, virtuose, and contemporary cooking in the center of Brussels for a reasonable price. The cook is a true artist, and the place has an interesting history too.

 Cinema Galeries

Probably my favorite cinema, because of its atmosphere and the films it programs. I’ve seen many films here that marked me. A year ago or so, there was a great installation by moviemaker Tsai Ming-liang in the basement.

 The lift Marolles-Poellaert

I love this lift between the low and high part of the city. One of the most beautiful views of Brussels gets unraveled as you stand against the window, and as the Brussels’ sky can often be too low, at least here you have a bigger picture. It really gives you an ascending feeling. Place Poellaert also has some amazing sunset parties during the summer.

 Tagawa

I’m addicted to Japan, and it’s food in particular, so this place is great when I miss it too much. Fresh sushi, ramen, tea, rice, spice, seaweed, etc… a bit pricy though.

 

 

 

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//ASLI//

Asli Cicek //Interior Architect// Brussels 1190

 

 

/Asli's favorite places in Brussels/

 

The complex of state administrative centre (RAC)

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.

Victor Boin Public Swimming Pool

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.

Sale Pepe Rosmarino

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...

Palace of Justice

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.

Taverne Esperance

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 /