Typology

Urban Landscapes

Program

Square

Location

BE
Brussels

Year

2020

Status

Built

Budget in €

560 000 

Size in sqm

2 000

Client

Administration communale de Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode

Partner Office

DEV-space

Photo Credits

Serge Brison - Vincent Hetch (video)

Landscape

BLOC paysage

Artichaut

: More Square, Less Road

The design of this new square takes on the challenge to redefine hierarchy between driving and walking in public space. Pavement textures are homogenized throughout the square, roads are raised to sidewalk level only subtly demarcated.

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Sidewalks and terraces are increased in size on all sides, further reducing the proportion of space attributed to car use and implying to drivers they are treading on pedestrian ground and thus should drive carefully.
The square itself acts as the focal point of leisure activities, hosting dense vegetation and a semi-circular bench around a topographic play and a fountain as informal playing area for children.

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