Tour & Taxis

THE ABANDONED STATION IN BELGIUM

‘Tour & Taxis’ is an old Brussels cargo train station and storage. The site is named after the Princely House of Thurn und Tassis, a German family that was a key player in the postal services in Europe in the 16th century.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Belgian Railways constructed this goods station, close to the port installations. The maritime station was not used by passengers. It was simply for merchandise in transit or for storage. ‘Tour & Taxis’ was one of the first multi-modal freight transport platforms in the world. Frédéric Bruneel served as the main engineer for the project, while Ernest Van Humbeeck, Constant Bosmans and Henri Vandeveld worked as architects. Their style was influenced by both the Flemish Renaissance and the Art Nouveau style characteristic of early twentieth century Brussels.

The Entrepôt Royal was the first to be redeveloped – the original train track running through the bonded warehouse was replaced with an inner walkway. The former storerooms on the upper floors and the customs building were converted to office space. The Entrepôt des Sheds now hosts large events. Hôtel de la Poste, the former administrative building, is now used for meetings and events. I visited ‘Tour & Taxis’ in 2010.

Built 1910
Abandoned 1992
Reconverted
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