The house, probably the most original Art Nouveau structure in the city, nicknamed “‘t Bootje”, due to the second-floor loggia in the form of a ship’s prow that emerges at the corner of the structure.

It is actually a complex of four houses designed for the well-heeled shipbuilder P. Roeis, hence the ship forms and name, which also references Antwerp’s longstanding stature as a global port. It is situated at the angle of Schilderstraat and Plaatsnijdersstraat and was built to designs of Frans Smet-Vehas in 1901.

The House of the Five Continents, one of the most original Art Nouveau buildings in Antwerp, built to designs of Frans Smet-Verhas. His activities as an architect extended from 1880 to 1910 / Image source

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