Villa Empain. Brussels, Belgium
Michel Polak, architect, 1930-1934
Although art lover Louis Empain initially commissioned this building as a private residence, he did not wish to live in it. A few years after its completion, Empain donated the Art Deco masterpiece to be used as a museum of decorative arts. It never fully served this function, and eventually the building was abandoned.
It has now been restored as the Boghossian Foundation: