A former railway site with workshops along the L28 railway line was designed as a multipurpose, public green area. For the most part the park is on the territory of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, with a small bit belonging to the city of Brussels. In addition to a residential and recreational function, it also has an important connecting role for pedestrians and cyclists.
Clients: Beliris, Leefmilieu Brussel (future manager of the park), B-Holding and Infrabel
Period: 2013 - 2014
The purpose of the transformation of this former railway link was to create a green space in a neighbourhood where greenery is scarce. Two other important principles are limiting the paved surfaces so that more rainwater can infiltrate the site and ensuring vistas, including for social safety. The wishes of the local residents were taken into account for the design of the park. The park is now accepted and has been given a place in a neighbourhood that did not have sufficient high-quality places. It creates meetings, relaxation, playing space and gives a new impetus to the neighbourhood.
The programme also includes a new pedestrian link between the Belgicalaan bridge and the Charles Demeerstraat (Pannenhuis) bridge; a play area for children of all ages; sports facilities for young people; urban furniture (lighting, benches, waste bins); new plantations and a guard house.
Photo: © Bram Goots