NEO Brussels [BE]

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
Role Masterplanner
Participating parties Arup, Amsterdam; Fakton, Rotterdam