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Léon Stynen

Léon Stynen is a Belgian modernist architect and city planner. His work spans more than half a century of Belgian architectural history.

Léon Stynen (1899-1990), son of a sculptor and a decorative artist, studied architecture at the Antwerp Academy. His contemporaries included Bourgeois, De Koninck, Hoste and Van Steenbergen. Within the international arena, they were prominent figures like van Doesburg, Gropius and Le Corbusier, who was a main source of inspiration and later a great friend.

Stynen’s work as an architect and city planner spans more than half a century of Belgian architectural history, with a vast number of successful and multi-faceted projects. Stynen already exhibited strong aesthetics of modernism even in his early projects. Amongst them are the Elsdonck apartment building in Wilrijk (1932), the De Zonnewijzer apartment complex in Antwerp (1954), The Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp (1958) and the Singel International Art Center that officially opened in 1980.

Stynen was also very active in education and had a role in defining the architectural studies in Belgium. He was the deputy director of the architecture department at the Antwerp Academy and the director of the Institut Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs in Brussels.

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