NEO Brussels [BE]
Transformation of Heysel Plateau into multifunctional city district
NEO Brussels Masterplan prescribes the redevelopment of the Heysel plateau, one of the most strategic locations in the Brussels Metropole Region. The design for NEO Brussels aims to strengthen the significance of the Heysel, and to define it within a framework for sustainable development. This is the first masterplan for Heysel since the 1958 World's Fair. As such a strong vision is required, one which integrates Brussels, Belgium and Europe in one place.
The site, approximately 27.5 ha. in size, will develop into a mixed urban program, including an international conference center, a regional shopping center, a museum, leisure functions, housing, and a park.
The Heysel area already plays a significant social, cultural and economic role for the whole of Belgium and far beyond. After the City Centre, the Heysel is the second major city centrality in the Brussels agglomeration. With the presence of important functions like the Expo, the Stadium, the Atomium and other tourist attractions, the site already attracts more than 1.5 million visitors per year.
NEO Brussels aims for a vision of urban redevelopment that is integrated from different perspectives. It reinforces the international image and establishes a meeting place for people. It creates a new gateway into Brussels, a ‘transferium’ between public and private transport with key urban functions.
NEO Brussels functions also as a park, creating a powerful green space of more than 10 hectares that creates interior connections through the site, making it accessible to all visitors and residents. This green structure offers great potentials for sport, for cycling and for walking. Above all NEO is a 'Grand Projet' with the structure of a rich history, using architecture and public spaces to reflect the optimism and future-focus of the world fair.
Client Ville de Bruxelles
Program Redevelopment of 68 ha former World Expo 1958 Site containing the Atomium, Brussels Expo and National Stadium with mixed-use urban program including an international conference center, a regional shopping center, a cultural venue, concert hall, leisure, housing and a park
Time 2010 - present
Participating parties Arup, Amsterdam; Fakton, Rotterdam
"The emphasis on private construction projects in Belgium has fragmented the country spatially and has led to an incoherent landscape. What is less known: The government works hard to find new ways for planning. Dutch offices deliver valuable contributions in that proces", is stated in an article in the Yearbook Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in the Netherlands 2015. One of the illustrated examples is KCAP's masterplan NEO Brussels. [[file:jbls15]]
Jeroen Dirckx will join Saturday, June 13 'Mediating (Infra)Structures', the first of three talk-events organised by do-tank City3 together with architect Lars Fischer of common room and researcher Janina Gosseye of TU Delft. 'Mediating [Infra]Structures is a series of talks, debates and workshops that investigates if the proclaimed disappearance of the public sphere can be reassembled in contemporary shared spaces like shopping centers, mass transport hubs and cultural centers. By taking place ‘in situ’ in representative shared spaces in and around Brussels, Mediating [Infra]Structures invites a wide audience to experience these spaces in an original manner and to participate in the reflexion and debate on the topic of how the public domain in our contemporary society should be conceived and designed. Through three public talk and debate events, each expanded on by a series of workshops and classes in the framework of the public school for architecture brussels, Mediating [Infra]Structures creates a collective exercise in reimagining our contemporary shared spaces as mediators of a new public realm but in itself also becomes an experiment in reassembling our shared spaces.' Click here for more information.
Brussels will be one of 13 host cities of the Euro 2020 soccer championship. This was announced today by UEFA. A new stadium will be realized in Brussels to accommodate the event. The Eurostadium will be built on parking C within KCAP’s masterplan. After the tournament it will serve as stadium for the Belgian Rode Duivels and RSCA Anderlecht. KCAP, in cooperation with Arup and Deloitte and assigned by the city of Brussels, has prepared the bid book of Brussels for Euro 2020. Currently, KCAP is involved on behalf of the city of Brussels in the tender procedure in which 3 candidates compete for the commission. The final selection is expected in the beginning of 2015. The stadium will be realized by 2019.
On April 25, the Brussels City Council announced the awarding of the public contract for the first part of NEO Brussels on the Heysel Plateau. The construction of 590 homes, a shopping centre and a new leisure infrastructure has been entrusted to the Unibail-Rodamco / CFE / Besix consortium which was selected above two other competitors. The masterplan for NEO Brussels is designed by KCAP in collaboration with Arup and Fakton. The team has also consulted the city of Brussels during the tender procedure. The work should be able to commence in 2017. More information of this first part of NEO can be found on the project website of 'Europea'.
Last week, king Filip and queen Mathilde of Belgium made their joyous entry in Brussels. After a reception in the Brussel's Parliament they went to the main market (Grote Markt) and the city hall. There a few current topics about Brussels’ region were presented, one of them KCAP’s urban regeneration project NEO Brussels.
Jeroen Dirckx will be one of the speakers in the lecture marathon of Brussels' first A.WEEK (Architecture Week). Date: October 14thTime: 7 - 9 pmLocation: Pavillon A.WEEK, Ravensteinstraat, 1000 Brussel Admission free Click here for more information about the program.
Today, Frank Werner will give a lecture about 'Urban Transformation'. You are welcome to join: Holland Property Plaza, hall 2, stand 320, 4 pm
Frank Werner presents KCAP's NEO Brussels project at the Belgium congres 'Stedenbouw en Ruintelijke Ordening' (urbanism and spatial planning) in Brussels on September 26th. Click here for more information about the program.
NEO Brussels will be showcased at the Belgium real estate fair REALTY, from today on until May 30th. Frank Werner, urban planner and KCAP associate, will present the project at the stand of NEO Brussels, EXCS NV (hall 3, stand 3111) on Wednesday, May 29th. Click here for the website of REALTY.
Frank Werner will present KCAP's project NEO Brussels at the retail congres WinkellocatieMarkt België 2013 in Antwerp on March 21st. Click here for more information about the program and registration.
Kees Christiaanse will present KCAP's masterplan for the Quartier Gare TGV in Montpellier at MIPIM 2013 in Cannes. Stand of Montpellier Agglomération: 07.02/09.01 Date: March 13th Time: 4 pm [[file:1202mipim2013]] Please also visit KCAP's projects:- Belval Square Mile at the Community Stand of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce: LR4.09 and- NEO Brussels at the stand of Brussels Capital Region: 07.20 If you want to meet KCAP at MIPIM 2013 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 7th May 2012 the local council of the City of Brussels decided to launch the two procurement contracts which constitute the second phase of the NEO project (redevelopment of the Heyzel Plateau as a strategic centre for international development in Brussels). See [[file:tweedefaseneo]] for more information.
NEO Brussels has received an enthusiastic market reception as reaction to presentations at real estate exhibitions Expo Real in Munich and MAPIC in Cannes.The next step in the development of NEO Brussels is the tender for the retail and leisure part of the project which will start in January 2012. At the same time a separate tender for the convention centre will take place. Construction works are due to start in 2014. [[file:neopressrelease]]
NEO Brussels will be presented at this year's MAPIC Retail Real Estate fair in Cannes from 16th through 18th of November on stand 09.12.Do you want to know more about the project? Join the presentation of NEO Brussels, moderated by PropertyEU on Thursday, November 17th, from 4-5 pm in the Agora hall.For detailed program information click here.
On November 8th, Kees Christiaanse will present KCAP's project NEO Brussel at the annual Brussel Vastgoed (Real Estate) conference. More information on the program to be found here.
An interview with Kees Christiaanse was published in the 'Brussel Deze Week' newspaper today. In this article Kees talks about KCAP's plans for the NEO Heizel project in Brussels. He explains the value of this project and the potential it has for the city of Brussels. He goes more into detail about the connection to the Heizel and the several new and existing functions in this development. Read here the online version of the article of Brussel Deze Week (in Dutch).
The Belgian magazine RUIMTE published an article about KCAP's project NEO Brussels based on an interview with among others Frank Werner.Click here to read the article (up from p. 39) or go to the project.
Frank Werner, associate at KCAP and reponsible for the project NEO Brussels, will give a presentation about the urban plan for the Heysel area on September 27th. Location: Brussels Expo (Heysel), Cinedoc hall (administrative building of Brussels Expo)Admission is free for VRP members. Non-members pay € 10, students € 5. Registration via VRP website.
KCAP Architects&Planners joins again the Holland Property Plaza during Expo Real 2011 in Munich. The team of KCAP is pleased to welcome you between 4th and 6th of October at stand 320, hall A-2. During these three days KCAP presents its knowledge and experience in urban planning and architecture at various occasions.TRANS-formation, TRANS-ition, TRANS... Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2011Time: 3 pmFormat: lecture by Markus AppenzellerLocation: Holland Property Plaza, hall A-2, stand 320Info: Holland Property PlazaNEO BrusselsDate: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011Time: 12.30 amFormat: lecture by Frank Werner and round table discussion moderated by Property Investor EuropeLocation: conferenceroom press centre westMega Cities: Here for good or gone tomorrow? What will endure and for how long?Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011Time: 3 pmFormat: round table discussion with among others Markus Appenzeller at City Future Dialogue in the Planning & Partnerships ForumLanguage: EnglishLocation: Hall A-2, stand 040Info: Expo Real Conference ProgramAging and the impact at city development Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2011Time: 8 - 10 amFormat: lecture by Ute Schneider, followed by discussion at 2011 HPP International Ladies Breakfast Location: Restaurant Lenbach, Ottostrasse 6, MunichWill you join this year’s Expo Real? We would be happy to meet you at those presentations or at Holland Property Plaza for an informal conversation. Do you want to make an appointment? Please contact KCAP Public Relationstelephone: 0031 (0)10 7890 300 or email: email@example.com. Looking forward to meeting you on 4th , 5th or 6th of October!KCAP Architects&Planners
The presentation of NEO Brussels to the media has aroused a lot of media interest.See here a selection of the press coverage:Télébruxelles Television TV Brussel RTBF Television RTBF Radio dearchitect.nl architectenweb.nl architectuur.org propertyeu.info propertynl.com brusselnieuws.be De Tijd
KCAP Architects&Planners present today their vision for NEO Brussels, the redevelopment of the Heysel plateau, to the political arena, the press and the public. The team, KCAP working together with advisors Arup and Fakton, won the international design competition in September 2010. The area is one of the most strategic locations in the Brussels Metropole Region. The design for NEO Brussels aims to strengthen the significance of the Heysel, and to qualify it within a framework for sustainable development. The site, approximately 68 acres in size, will develop into a mixed urban program, including an international conference center, a regional shopping center, a museum, leisure functions, housing and a park. With an investment of 900 million Euros, it is Belgium's largest mixed urban redevelopment. The masterplan allows for the phasing of built program, public space and infrastructure. Phase 1 is expected to start from 2014 with the construction of the retail centre. The completion of the entire plan is expected around 2025. Go to project
KCAP Architects&Planners together with the advisors Arup and Fakton win the competition for NEO, the re-urbanisation of a strategic pole in the North of the city of Brussels. The team’s design for NEO was awarded with the first prize out of a group of eight international entries. NEO will become a multifunctional urban node and will transform Heysel Plateau, currently an incoherent area in the North of Brussels. By hosting international business congresses and entertainment events and offering facilities for shopping, leisure and recreation, culture and politics, NEO aims to support and enlarge Brussels’ international profile and image. “NEO is a unique opportunity for Brussels and its inhabitants, an exceptional potential for economic recovery and the creation of new employment,” says Freddy Thielemans, Mayor of the City of Brussels. The site has a unique setting within the city’s structure. During its history the site has always combined public interest with leisure facilities. It has the potential to become a forum for Europeans, a place where diversity finds common ground. On a more local level, the development of this site creates great possibilities to reinforce a large green space within the city network. ‘The complexity of Brussels’ urban fabric reflects a diverse collection of districts, language communities, influences and traditions. The Heysel Plateau now requires a contemporary vision where Brussels, Belgium and Europe come together in one place’, says Kees Christiaanse, founder and partner of KCAP and appointed ‘Urbaniste en chef’ for NEO. Frank Werner, the urban planner at KCAP responsible for the NEO, considers the complexity of this project a great challenge for the multidisciplinary team of KCAP, Arup and Fakton. ‘We are happy to accept this challenge. The partners have previously cooperated successfully on similar projects. For the NEO we have again brought a specific and knowledgeable group of experts together.’ Ruurd Gietema, urban ...