Brunfaut, Fernand

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Brunfaut, Fernand (1886–1972). Belgian architect. He designed public and private housing in Brussels, the Maison du Peuple, Dinant (1922), and, in his capacity as a member of Parliament, was responsible for a law (1949) controlling the development of working-class housing in Belgium. From 1930 his buildings were designed in collaboration with his son, Maxime (1909–2003), a pupil of Horta, and include the offices of the newspapers Vooruit in Gent (Ghent) (1930) and Le Peuple, Brussels (1931). Maxime completed Horta's Central Station, Brussels (1946–53). Fernand's brother, Gaston (1894–1974), was an International Modernist: his Children's Home, Oostduinkerke (1933–9), and the Instituts Jules Bordet et Paul Héger, Brussels (1937–9—with Stanislas Jasinski (1901–78) ) are good examples of his style. Through his editorship of Le Document he had a considerable influence on architecture in Belgium.


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