Every part of Hotel Tassel is considered a work of precise artistic vision. Horta’s dream was to create a hotel using state-of-the-art technology and innovative materials to show how Art Nouveau could blend natural beauty and lines with modern design. Using glass to light the rooms below with natural sunlight was a direct counter to the advent of the electric lightbulb—and his choice to celebrate craftsmanship during a time of assembly lines is seen in the handmade stained glass commissions, intricate ironwork, and glass mosaics throughout the hotel.
Explore the Belgian architect’s work for yourself at the nearby Horta museum, and use the detailed plans and photographs to wander the halls and stairways of this unique building, now a private townhouse in the outer reaches of Brussels city center. Learn about Horta’s whiplash lines, which inspired Art Nouveau artists all over Europe.