Victor Horta

Victor Horta was a Belgian architect,decorator and designer who was also influential in the beginning of the Modernist movement.  He was inspired by nature and his style was swirling and linear, like the stems of plants. Horta had been gradually simplifying his style, however, the severity of the war meant that Art Nouveau was no longer affordable or fashionable. Therefore, Horta no longer used organic forms and instead based his designs on geometrical shapes. He continued to use rational floor plans and to apply the latest developments in building technology and building services engineering. The simplification and repitition of the windows are similar to patterns used duringthe Modernist movement. Although the building is very geometrical, the arch at the top of the windows suggests Horta’s influence from nature.

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