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Born in Bielsk Podlaski in 1904 in what was then Poland, the Kaplansky family moved to Antwerp in 1925 having spent some time in Tel Aviv. Nathan studied architecture in the city’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
Working mostly for private clients, he is credited with creating a series of modernist, international style homes in Antwerp principally for the Jewish community.
Amongst his projects:
Henri Couturier House
Swart House in Belgiëlei
Résidence Prince Albert in Prince Albert Park
Villa Kaplansky 1934. Rebuilt in 1962 and after 2000 restored by B-architecten in 1962
House for Silberman family
He was compelled to flee Belgium in May 1940 as the Nazis rolled over the border into Belgium, which had been a neutral country in WW1, to avoid deportation and racial discrimination. He got to British Mandate Palestine.
Image B-bis architecten Photographer ©Ilse Liekens