Remarkably restored, the flamboyant architecture of the old town, Vieux-Lille,
is captivating. Its facades, with their soft yet bold colours,
emphasise the exuberance and profusion of their decoration. Its 17th-century architectural diversity
acts as an incentive to stroll around, and you need to keep
looking up to appreciate the blend of bricks and stone.
The former stock exchange, built between 1652 and 1653 by Julien Destrée, is
undeniably the most beautiful building in the city. Its courtyard is home
to booksellers, and, in summer, there are tango demonstrations there.
The Villa Cavrois is an architectural landmark, the iconic work of
the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a figure in the modernist movement. It was
designed and built for Paul Cavrois, a textile manufacturer from the North,
and his family. The remit for this modern chateau, commissioned in 1929, is
clear: "air, light, work, sports, hygiene, comfort and economy".