KCAP/TOPOTEK 1 with Fakton win Belval Square Mile Luxemburg

The team KCAP Architects&Planners and Topotek 1, in cooperation with financial advisors Fakton win the competition for the strategic urban development of the Belval Square Mile quarter in Esch-sur-Alzette, in the South of Luxemburg. The international jury, chaired by Carl Fingerhuth, awarded the concept of KCAP/Topotek 1/Fakton with the first prize out of a group of 4 international teams.

The larger area 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.

The competition aimed to review the existing masterplan for 10 blocks in the quarter called ‘Square Mile’, located in the centre of Belval. In order to adapt its development to the current situation of the real estate market, the competition brief asked for new urban configurations, integrating current aspects of energy efficiency and sustainability and brand an identity for the area based on its character as educational and creative area and on the theme of ‘experience of industrial culture’.