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Theme: Steenweg

Setting: Towns and cities. Dutch and Belgian.
Function(s): Residential and commercial buildings.
Construction period: Around 1500 - 1900.

Steenweg 129-131

Background information: In the center of cities that already have been found large around 1800, we find narrow and tallhouses. High land prices pushed the buildings into the sky. A principle that is still in effect. Properties were often narrow and deep as the meters of land on t …


Steenweg 151

Background information: This corner building has retail space on the ground floor. Bakery, pub, butcher shop, Thai takeaway ... It has already had many functions in the past centuries. Although the upper floors are little changed, this does not apply to the facade of the ground f …


Steenweg 119

Background information: In buildings like these are often small shops of independent entrepreneurs on the ground floor. This type of shops are found in streets where one can find many pedestrians. Because of the small floor area of the building, large stores will never fit there. …


Steenweg 105 - 107

Background information: Originally built in 1567 as a forerunner of what we today would call a semi-detached house. The buildings do not really share a hood, but the front and rear. In the meanwhile there is a shop located on the ground floor and there are some apartments above i …


Steenweg 11

Background information: The building built in 1861, designed by the Brussels architect P. Peeters, is also known as the Black Eagle. This name, however, dates back to the 16th century when there were two buildings with a common, mainly made of wood, facade. The current building h …


Steenweg 15

Background information: Markenburg Steenweg 15 is the example of a building in a street just behind the big shopping street. Since the 15th century, it has often had an informal business character and served as a inn in the early centuries. As the city grew, the street has grown …