Topic 1 Introduction

The building wears out, deteriorates, the tastes and needs of its users change. These are factors that lead to the demolition or reconstruction of a building according to the current fashion.

There are many examples of buildings being demolished for various reasons. One of the most outrageous was the demolition of a building designed by the famous architect Victor Horta.

The Maison du Peuple/Volkshuis (the headquarters for the Belgian Workers’ Party) was demolished in 1965, despite an international protest petition by more than 700 architects.

Destroyed monument

Facade of the Maison du Peuple, Brussels, Licence: CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maison_du_Peuple_of_the_P.O.B._
(Belgian_Workers_Party)_(destroyed,_Brussels),_exterior_2.jpg