Plaque: Sofina SA
This building, whose facades have been preserved, was occupied for nearly 100 years (1907-2001) by Sofina, the company who planned the rebuilding.
Cet immeuble dont les façades ont été préservées
fut occupé, pendant près de 100 ans (1907-2001)
par la société anonyme Sofina qui en conçut la reconstruction
In 1907, 9 years after being created, Sofina bought this building. During WWI, Académie Royale de Belgique was based here after being thrown out of Palais des Académies by the occupying forces. Between the wars there was a large high voltage laboratory here. In 1940 Sofina moved to Leopoldville but continued to use this building until 2001. Sofina then moved to Park Atrium, rue des Colonies where it undertook a large (19,000 sq.m.) development which it then leased to the EU. Called Mondrian, after the Dutch painter, this elegant building kept the old facades and added a contemporary part with an atrium. It is on the left corner, in rue du Champ de Mars. In March 2005 this won a prize for the Brussels firm of architects ASSAR (Eric Ysebrand) at Cannes MIPIM. It took Ixelles Commune many years to enforce the “urbanism charges” on the builder - 20 million € for private housing on the other sides of the square.
Site: Sofina SA (1 memorial)
1050, rue de Naples, 38