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Marc Escaliers de Style by Alex sprl

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Après plus de quarante-cinq ans dans la profession, il était temps pour Marc van Obbergen de passer la main. Alex Fassin, reprend le flambeau après avoir appris le métier dans l’atelier Marc Escalier pendant 12 ans.

Marc Escaliers de Style by Alex réalise et restaure tout type d’escalier, en Belgique et à l’étranger. La conception des escaliers s’appuie entièrement sur des techniques traditionnelles. L’escalier est dessiné au sol, en taille réelle, sans aucune assistance informatique.
Un savoir-faire qui se transmet de génération en génération.Un atelier de menuiserie générale a été récemment intégré pour compléter l’offre.

En 2009 ils ont entamé une aventure d’élaboration d’un escalier dans un monument de référence pour l’Art Nouveau à Bruxelles.
Il s’agit du Musée Horta qui s’insère dans l’ancienne maison personnelle qui fut également l’atelier de l’architecte Victor Horta. L’entreprise a fût laborieuse : il leur a fallu démonter l’escalier en place ainsi que la cage d’ascenseur originellement dessinés par l’architecte Delhez.La Ferronnerie Reuse et eux-même ont démonté la cage d’ascenseur ainsi que l’escalier simultanément, en partant du haut car l’ascenseur portait les marches tandis que l’escalier tenait l’ascenseur.

Les marches et le limon furent apportés en atelier pour pouvoir recréer le plan en grandeur nature sur les cinq niveaux, tous différents. Plusieurs difficultés ont été rencontrées dans la réalisation de leur travail : l’absence de plans d’origine car ces derniers ont disparu ; la complexité de la cage d’escalier qui avait servi à faire la jonction entre 2 bâtiments dont les hauteurs de niveau n’étaient pas tout à fait identiques, l’absence d’accès aux différents étages pour permettre le déroulement des activités du musée ; la présence de dorures et de vitraux à ne pas abîmer …

Une fois la mise en œuvre en atelier aboutie, la placement a suivi.
Ceci dit ce challenge grandiose a été relevé !

Marc Van Obbergen.
Our small team is able to help for new staircases/banisters, extension of existing ones or restoring broken staircases. Nothing is too difficult for us Marc Van Obberghen has concretized his childhood dream: woodworking and more specifically, stairs manufacturing. In 2001, after 26 years experience with a professional of traditional stairs manufacturer, Marc has finally created his own workshop. His work is entirely handmade and calculated as in the tradition. No need of a computer to make incredible stairs! The layout is drawn on the floor on a real size paper in the workshop and all parts are calculated and take place gradually. Modernity is brought by the style and by the ability to insert metal or glass, depending on the wishes of customers. Marc and his two collaborators are also specialize in the manufacture of balconies, terraces and all related wooden pieces. The work and effort of Marc Van Obbergen have been rewarded in 2006 and 2007 by Belgian prices the “Vitrine de l’Artisan” and the “Concours des Meilleurs Artisans Bruxellois”.

After more than forty-five years in the profession, it was time for Marc van Obbergen to step down. Alex Fassin, takes up the torch after having learned the trade in the Marc Escalier workshop for 12 years.

Marc Escaliers de Style by Alex builds and restores all types of stairs, in Belgium and abroad. The design of the stairs relies entirely on traditional techniques. The staircase is drawn on the ground, in real size, without any computer assistance. A know-how that is transmitted from generation to generation. A general carpentry workshop was recently integrated to complete the offer.

In 2009 they began an adventure of developing a staircase in a reference monument for Art Nouveau in Brussels. This is the Horta Museum which is part of the former personal house which was also the studio of the architect Victor Horta. The company was laborious: they had to dismantle the staircase in place as well as the elevator shaft originally designed by the architect Delhez.Reuse Ironworks and themselves dismantled this lift shaft and the staircase simultaneously, starting from the top because the lift carried the steps while the staircase held the lift.

The steps and the silt were brought to the workshop to be able to recreate the life-size plan on the five levels, all different. Several difficulties were encountered in the realization of their work: the absence of original plans because these have disappeared; the complexity of the stairwell which had been used to make the junction between 2 buildings whose level heights were not quite identical, the lack of access to the different floors to allow the development of the museum’s activities; the presence of gilding and stained glass not to be damaged…

Once the implementation in the workshop was completed, the placement followed.
That said, this grandiose challenge has been met!

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