Le Paquebot (The Boat)
In the early 30’s, the newly created National Institute of Broadcasting (INR) launched an architectural competition. The project by the Belgian architect, Joseph Diongre won the competition, thanks to his consideration of the acoustics and form of the building. The structure was built between 1935 and 1938 and was one of the first buildings created for radio in Europe.
Diongre’s creation was a success and in turn it gave him an international reputation. Many musicians came here to play concerts and festivals and in 1953, the building expanded its activities and opened its doors to television broadcasters. For over thirty years it then became an audiovisual center. In 1997, the building had to be restored and the following year, the limited liability company Maison de la Radio Flagey, took ownership.
Today, the Ship has become a cultural space, housing five rooms of various sizes and functions (used for concerts, cinema etc.) but all benefiting from amazing acoustics. For more information, check out the full program of events.
Access for concerts and/or the cinema: Place Sainte Croix (face Ixelles ponds),1050 Ixelles