The main reason for my trip to Brussels was a visit of Villa Empain, which I had seen on the Luxury Columnist's blog. I am fascinated by Art Deco and the tour of the building was a true delight.
The Villa was built between 1930 and 1934 by Louis Empain, who a couple of years later donated it to the Belgian State, in order to turn it into a museum. During the Second World War, the building was taken over by the German army. Later on it became the home of the USSR Embassy. Interestingly, RTL, the Luxembourgish radio and television channel, used the building as well for several years. The Villa underwent a major restoration and was reborn in 2010 thanks to the Boghossian Foundation. Nowadays, the Villa is open to the public and holds cultural events, including exhibitions. Definitely worth a visit if you are into design and Art Deco.