Belval Square Mile Esch-sur-Alzette [LU]

Belval, a former blast furnace location with 170 ha of size, undergoes already since the middle of the 1990’s a transformation into a city quarter with a consequent mix of functions including living, working, education, science, leisure and recreation, also focusing on sustainable development processes. With the aim to review the existing masterplan for 10 blocks in the quarter called ‘Square Mile’, located in the centre of Belval, a competition was organized in 2011. The new design should adapt the development to the current situation of the real estate market, offer new urban configurations, integrate current aspects of energy efficiency and sustainability and brand an identity for the area. The central blocks of the Square Mile with its historic chimneys and industrial sinter basins play a key role in the development of Belval.

Instead of the proposed monumental central axis, the new design proposes to activate the surrounding Boulevards as the backbone of this urban quarter. The more differentiated urban fabric within the area will correspond in character and scale better to the adjacent buildings and uses. An open space network will integrate the central blocks into the surrounding city and landscape and in order to diversify the new city quarter, additional building typologies will allow for a rich mix of functions. The landscape concept enhances the urban structure and creates an attractive city environment. The square around the sinter basin as a central place gives identity to the entire area and interprets its former industrial function in a contemporary way. The sunken gardens in the basin add an unexpected dimension to the square.

Client Société de développement Agora s.a r.l. et Cie, Esch-sur-Alzette
Program Masterplan with 145.000 - 175.000 m2 for commercial functions, housing and offices
Time 2010 - present
Role Masterplanner in cooperation with TOPOTEK 1, Berlin
Participating parties Fakton, Berlin