March 5, 2009
The European Commission and the city of Brussels presented today the winners of a design competiton for the Brussels EU quarter. This is how Rue de la Loi could look like:
To illustrate the drastic difference, this is how Rue de la Loi looks today:
So will there really be a tram on Rue de la Loi? I’d say that it is quite unlikely. Already Brussels minister-president Charles Picqué was cautious in the press conference: one would have to evaluate the proposals in light of several constraints, he said.
I certainly welcome a more-or-less car-free Rue de la Loi, but I doubt having an underground metro and a tram at ground level on the same street would be practical. But one has to see this probably in the light of the completely re-built mobility hub around Schuman, which will include a modernised train station.
Appartment buildings on Rue de la Loi?
One interesting aspect of the plan is to have more mixed areas within the EU quartier. This means that there will also be residential buildings on Rue de la Loi.
I just wonder: who will want (and will be able to afford) an appartment on Rue de la Loi, except eurocrats? It’s a nice idea, but it comes a bit late (50 years ago the whole area was full of residential houses). It will in my view not improve the link between (Belgian) citizens and the EU in Brussels.
The whole view
Finally the big picture (the skyscrapers would be among the tallest buildings in Brussels):
One last note: this is just a project, although Picqué said works could start already in 2011.
Read also: Making Brussels beautiful by Honor Mahony.