Maison de la Poste is part of the huge Tour & Taxis site, located in the heart of Brussels. You could call it a city within a city: it has shops, restaurants, pubs, cultural venues, a huge swathe of parkland… And then of course there are the magnificently renovated buildings of this former industrial site. One of the most iconic is the Maison de la Poste (Post House), a truly inspiring place, decorated by international top designers. It houses a congress centre that aims to be at the top of its field in terms of rooms, infrastructure, service, and sustainability. When you open the tap, out pours filtered ground water; the caterers only use locally sourced bio produce; and the art works on display are all made by local artists. And then, of course, there’s the captivating history of the site.
Inventors of the postal system
During the 16th and 17th century, the site served as pasture for the horses of the Von Thurn und Taxis family, who are credited with inventing the postal system. They worked out of Brussels until 1704, when they moved to Frankfurt. However, the grounds were still referred to by the French version of their name: Tour & Taxis. In 1895, the site was transformed into one of the first multimodal freight transport platforms in the world. A newly built, 40,000 square metre train station connected the railway system via the nearby Brussels Canal to the Belgian waterways. Maison de la Poste served as the main administrative office. The buildings were thoroughly modern for their time and are still considered masterpieces of functional architecture. The use of iron girders, for example, allowed for large windows, which to this day make for light-drenched spaces. In the 1960s, more than 3,000 people worked on the site. However, Tour & Taxis’ importance was seriously harmed by the rapid increase of road transport, and by the 1990s it had fallen into disrepair. A recent and ongoing renovation project is now restoring it to its former glory.
One of the most influential cities in the world
A site at the intersection of roads, bustling with economic activity: is there a better place to hold your conference or meeting? Everything you need is available at Tour & Taxis, and if you leave the grounds, you’re in the centre of Brussels, one of the most exciting and influential cities in the world. Don’t forget to send your loved ones one of the historic postcards available at Maison de la Poste!