Speaking of contrasts! This walk takes you from a green, residential neighbourhood with lots of striking 20th century architecture to the more densely populated streets that underwent a recent migration.
At the heart of this contrast lies the bustling Flagey Square with its famous ‘Steamship’ Flagey building, built in Art Deco style by Joseph Diongre in 1935. Built for the Institut National de Radiodiffusion (National Radiobroadcasting Institute), it is now a concert venue for the Brussels Philharmonic. It's also renowned for its technical and acoustic ingenuity and for its exceptionally soundproofed studios.
The square serves as a link between the two neighbourhoods and has become a real attraction for cultural institutions, cafés and restaurants, and shops. And to think that where the square is now located, there used to be a fishpond of the La Cambre Abbey that was fed by the Maelbeek, which has now disappeared from the cityscape.