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Schaerbeek

The 1.3 acre park, once a blighted area in a low-income neighborhood of Schaerbeek, was abandoned for years and deemed too steep for development.

With the purpose of revitalizing the area, the commune conducted a competition for the design of a new park on the derelict site.

Our office was selected to lead the design, along with the architect Philippe Serck.

The linear site includes an Orangery, terraced retaining walls which would give the park a more abstract shape, a new water wall to soften the domineering height of the already existing one and areas along the borders for vegetation that will attract certain butterflies and birds to enhance the local biodiversity.

Although the site has a difference in elevation of approximately 20 meters (65 feet), the park is fully accessible for everyone.

Newly planted trees provide framed views of the park and the city, with a dense and colorful understory of shrubs such as hazelnut, lilacs, and rhododendrons.

A gate appropriate in size for a castle was installed to signify and accentuate a sense of welcoming into the park, open from sunrise to sunset.

Brussels, Belgium
2007
0.5 ha
In collaboration with:
Philippe Serck architect

© 2021 Erik Dhont