Property of the week: the penthouse of an Art Deco factory in Brussels

Industrial drama

This cavernous penthouse caps the ‘Magnéto Belge’, an electromagnetic plant in Brussels that dates back to 1919.

After fire ravaged the brick structure – located on Avenue Molière, Uccle – in 1942, architect Léon Guiannotte was enlisted to rebuild the factory in an Art Deco style. This was carefully maintained when the building was converted into apartments, offices and artists studios in 2001.

Brussels penthouse property
Photography: Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

Interior designer Jerome Lescrenier (founder of practice Demo Design) gave its 2,690 sq ft penthouse apartment a make-over earlier this year. The property – on the market via Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty for €1.29m – is set over two levels, and blends industrial features with contemporary design.

Its vast open plan living room takes up most of the upper level, and features a vaulted ceiling, concrete trusses and metal pipework. Sliding steel-framed glass doors lead out onto a 2,153 sq ft terrace with views of the nearby park.

Art Deco factory penthouse for sale in Brussels
Photography: Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

The master bedroom also occupies this floor of the Brussels property, and comes with its own dressing room. Three bedrooms are tucked on the level below and all come with polished concrete floors and white walls.

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