Cogels-Osy Lei

Cogels-osy lei is the most remarkable street of Antwerp. It is absolutely unique in Belgium and possibly in Europe. If you have a day in Antwerp and feel like seeing something off the beaten track then the Antwerpens Zurenborg district is a perfect choice.

Let us tell you:

  1. About Cogels-Osy Lei
  2. Describe what you will discover
  3. Tell you how to get there

About Cogels-osy lei

At the end of the 19th century, two wealthy entrepreneurs, Joséphine Cogels Osy and her brother Baron Edouard Osy decided to develop a new area for the billionaires of their time.

You might think you’re walking on a film set they forgot to take down. What you see though is the fin-du-siècle feeling of the 19th century. People that lived here liked to show off their power and wealth.

The art nouveau decorations were mainly to impress the passers-by. The inside of the houses is often traditional and old-fashioned.

Do you want to see a French Chateau, a Venetian Palazzo, a Greek temple or eccentric Art Nouveau buildings? You’ll find it all in Cogels-osy lei

Take a few hours to walk through the Zurenborg neighborhood, look for the “Four Seasons” and other gems. Do not stay only on the Cogels-osy lei Avenue, a lot of treasures are a in the side streets.

Once you are done with walking and thirsty, head to the Dageraad Plaats. A place surrounded by trees, bars and restaurants. On sunny days - it’s one big terrace.

To Discover on Cogels-Osy Lei

The Quinten-Matsijs, Cogels 80

Gentlemen’s house, Art Nouveau, Architect Jacques De Weerdt, build in 1904.

Check the beautiful forms in the windows and the wrought iron that crowns the round gable. Above the gable there is a half-relief with portrait of the famous 16th century artist Quinten Matsys.

The top-floor loggia is unique. Only 5 have been ever built of which only three still exist.

It was for sale only a few years ago, but unfortunately a bit out of our budget.

The Sunflower, Cogels Osy Lei 50

The Sunflower is a delightful example of Art Nouveau architecture. The architect played with open and closed surfaces. Every window is very special and unique. The biggest one has the form of a horseshoe.

Gentlemen’s house, Art Nouveau, Architect Jules Hofman, build in 1900

The Round-a-Bout, Neo-Baroque

This is one of the nicest squares you will fin din Antwerp. In 1900 this was probably one of the first round a bouts in the country. This neo-baroque rest point is in contradiction with the diversity of the whole street. Twelve castle houses seem to be identical. But every house has its unique details.

Sun, Moon and Stars, Cogels Osy Lei 25 - 29

(J. Bascourt, 1894, Neo Flemish renaissance)

The Sun, Moon and Stars is a fantasy castle design in the end of the 19th century. The central facade has two additional facades on each side, two corner towers and a special lay cover.

The bricks show a bacon layered design which is typical for this region. The building seems to be symmetric but the assymetric elements are charateristics of an upcoming architectural style: The Art Nouveau.

The wrought iron shows the diversity of the architect’s creativity. The façade is heavily decorated with 16th and 17th century ornamental details. Diamond shaped bricks are very present in the facade. Also check the undecorated side facades. This is what it was all about. The main facade was there to impress the passengers and the neighbors.

Scaldis: Cogels Osy lei 67-69

A magnificent building in Moorish Gotic style. It might remind you of the Ca’ d’Oro - the golden house on the canal Grande - in Venice.

Gentlemen’s house, Neo-Gothic, Architect Frans Van Dijk., build in 1904

Carolus Magnus, Cogels Osy Lei 6 - 12

J. Bilmeyer and J. Van Riel. 1897, Neo-Roman Eclecticism

Carolus Magnus, the series of houses in Cogels Osy Lei, is one of the most remarkable in Antwerp. Here the famous architect duo achieved one of their masterpieces. The building is a neo-roman style inspired by the architecture in the time of Emperor Charles the Great (800 AC).

The rough and massif forms are in contrast with fine mosaics and wrought iron. Typically roman round-bow-windows and pillars give you the impression that the architect was not able to create big spaces. This is untrue, as this structure is neo-roman and the arches are only used as decoration.

The classical facade with a neo-roman gallery has two polygonal heavy looking Watch Towers. On the roof you can see what has been left of the great emperor, Charles the Great's statue.

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