Stoclet House (Belgium) inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee, chaired by María Jesús San Segundo, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Spain to UNESCO, has inscribed the Stoclet House, a private residence in the Belgian capital Brussels, on the World Heritage List.
When banker and art collector Adolphe Stoclet commissioned this house from one of the leading architects of the Vienna Secession movement, Josef Hoffmann, in 1905, he imposed neither aesthetic nor financial restrictions on the project. The house and garden were completed in 1911 and their austere geometry marked a turning point in Art Nouveau, foreshadowing Art Deco and the Modern Movement in architecture. Stoclet House is one of the most accomplished and homogenous buildings of the Vienna Secession, and features works by Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, embodying the aspiration of creating a ‘total work of art' (Gesamtkunstwerk). Bearing testimony to artistic renewal in European architecture, the house retains a high level of integrity, both externally and internally as it retains most of its original fixtures and furnishings.
The World Heritage Committee will continue inscribing sites and examining the state of properties already included on the List over coming days. It remains in session until 30 June.
World Heritage Properties
- 33rd session of the Committee Jun 22, 2009 - Jun 30, 2009
- 13 new sites have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List which lost one site while three were placed on the Danger List Sunday, June 28, 2009
- Cities of Caral-Supe (Peru) and Levoča (Slovakia) added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List Sunday, June 28, 2009
- British Aqueduct and Canal inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, French Saltworks extended Saturday, June 27, 2009
- Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and Colombia’s Los Katios National Park enter UNESCO’s Danger List Saturday, June 27, 2009
- China’s sacred Buddhist Mount Wutai inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 26, 2009
- Cidade Velha becomes Cape Verde's first World Heritage site Friday, June 26, 2009
- Sacred mountain in Kyrgyzstan enters List along with Iran’s Shushtar water system and Royal tombs in Republic of Korea Friday, June 26, 2009
- Wadden Sea, Italy’s Dolomites and Philippines’s Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 26, 2009
- Ruins of Loropéni (Burkina Faso) inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 26, 2009
- World Heritage Committee removes Baku from Danger List welcoming improvements in the ancient city´s preservation Thursday, June 25, 2009
- Dresden is deleted from UNESCO’s World Heritage List Thursday, June 25, 2009
- 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee to meet from 22-30 June in Seville, Spain Jun 22, 2009 - Jun 30, 2009