Built between 1926 and 1932, the Haren-Paroisse Garden City was designed by the famous architect Paul Hamesse in collaboration with his brothers. Well-known figures of Brussels Art Nouveau, the Hamesse brothers, led by Paul, were prolific, designing some 200 buildings in Brussels, including shops, homes and leisure facilities.
The Haren-Paroisse Garden City is located on the edge of the Brussels-Capital Region, just a stone's throw from the border with Flanders. Built opposite Haren's cemetery, this garden city is one of the smallest in the Brussels-Capital Region: it consists of only 20 dwellings, built at the time on a commission from the "Foyer Bruxellois", the forerunner of the modern-day "Logement Bruxellois", a public real estate company which today manages more than 4,000 social housing units. Today, Logement Bruxellois owns 14 of the 20 houses.
The small houses are made of brick, partially rendered, and have a cottage style, with a literal town-country feel. Comprehensive renovation was carried out in 2016-2017. If you visit the site, you'll see that this little garden city is in magnificent condition, with its original shine and its old-fashioned look, complete with brightly coloured woodwork!
Haren-Paroisse Garden City
Location: Haren-Paroisse Garden City, 1130 Haren