The 5 most striking buildings in the Zurenborg quarter Antwerp

The Four Seasons

Generaal van
Merlenstraat 27-30

The architect Joseph Bascourt designed these four corner houses in the 1890s. The seasons are identified by gilded mosaics on the walls bearing the words Herfst, Winter, Lente and Zomer. Each season has its own symbolic plants and flowers, such as vines for autumn, roses for summer and holly to represent winter.

The sunflower

Cogels-Osylei 50

This striking white Art Nouveau house takes its name from the gilded sunflowers that decorate the façade. The architect Jules Hofman carved a stone with his signature just below the balcony. The house next door continues the floral theme with a tall wrought iron tulip on top, while No. 44 is identified by an iris.

De Witte Paleizen


A group of four impressive buildings overlooks a small roundabout on Cogels-Osylei. The buildings – each containing three family homes – were apparently inspired by the Château de Chambord on the Loire.

The Battle of Waterloo

Waterloostraat 11

An Art Nouveau house named De Slag van Waterloo is decorated with the distinctive silhouettes of Wellington and Napoleon. Another house in the same street is decorated with glazed ceramic panels depicting scenes from the 1815 battle fought just south of Brussels.

Cogels-Osylei 80

Cogels-Osylei 80

Half hidden by trees, this beautiful Art Nouveau house has a spectacular stone staircase that sweeps up to the porch. The house is an almost exact copy of an Art Nouveau building in Brussels.

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