Bourgeois, Victor

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Bourgeois, Victor


Born Aug. 29, 1897, in Charleroi; died July 24, 1962, in Brussels. Belgian architect; founder of functionalism in Belgium.

In his Modern City (Cité Moderne, 1922-27), a settlement near Brussels, Bourgeois used a picturesque, functional grouping of standardized residential buildings having a few stories and simple expressive forms, in combination with public buildings and areas for recreation and relaxation. He built a post office in Brussels (1938), a town hall in Ostend (1954-58), and other structures.


L’architecte et son espace. Brussels [1955].
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