Project

Urban Highway Removal in Brussels

A highway built in the seventies marks today the Southeast entrance to the Brussels-Capital Region. It cuts through the urban fabric with a viaduct and aggregates suburban developments (offices, retail park) to its edges, which contributes to the fragmentation of the built landscape. An open-air portion of a metro line is situated in the middle of the highway, making the accessibility of public transportation difficult. The elevated automobile traffic impacts the livability of the surrounding area and its future development.  ORG was selected to define a strategic master plan aiming firstly, to restructure the highway infrastructure into an urban boulevard and secondly, to define new urban development principles for the adjacent areas. The project will deliver an environmental impact report, and a zoning plan, along with a series of design feasibility studies for new infrastructure and public space layouts.  

Location
Brussels, Belgium

Client
Brussels Region

Year
2017

Type
Design Development

Area
15km2

Program
public, landscape, infrastructure

Team
Alexander D’Hooghe, Marcel Smets, Luk Peeters, Yannick Vanhaelen, Hendrik Bloem, Benoit Burquel, Heinrich Altenmueller

Collaborators
D’Ici La Landscape Design, Paris (F), SWECO, Common Ground, Antwerp (B), Antea Group (B)

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