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Henning Larsen Brings Canals and Rooftop Farming to Brussels in Competition-Winning Masterplan

Henning Larsen Brings Canals and Rooftop Farming to Brussels in Competition-Winning Masterplan
Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Danish firm Henning Larsen has released images of their competition-winning Key West urban development, seeking to revitalize a socio-economically challenged area of the Belgian capital Brussels. Developed in collaboration with A2RC Architects, the masterplan aims to balance urban and recreational life along the Brussels Canal Zone through a combination of housing, schools, urban farming, and a market hall.

Like many European cities, Brussels is moving towards a post-industrial economy, giving new opportunities to old industrial areas such as the Canal Zone. The Henning Larsen redevelopment seeks to remodel the area as an urban center, tying the urban areas west of the canal to central Brussels.

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We were inspired by the Government of Brussels’ ambitions to tap into the spirit of the old industrial area by introducing ‘second generation industries’ - local production facilities such as e.g. microbreweries, a cookie factory, coffee roasting facilities. As architects involved in urban planning one of our most distinguished tasks is to create the physical framework for an area like Key West to regain economic growth and community cohesion.
-Jacob Kurek, Partner, Henning Larsen

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Courtesy of Henning Larsen

The scheme will see the extension of Brussels' existing canal system through a new basin, making waterfront living more accessible to the 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of new living accommodation. In an effort to improve water quality in the canal, rainwater collection and improvements to a local biotope will be undertaken, creating opportunities for water-based activities such as kayaking.

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Courtesy of Henning Larsen

From Copenhagen Harbor we know how waterfronts are very powerful attractors when it comes to creating public life in a city. It gives an immense quality of life to feel a connection to nature in a city center. When you give people attractive places to meet a sense community is naturally strengthened.
-Jacob Kurek, Partner, Henning Larsen

The program for the new buildings sees ground floor space dedicated to public and retail functions to enhance street activity, while a large town square adjacent to the canal forms a central public space. Throughout the scheme, courtyards and rooftop urban farms will offer spaces for relaxation, while the new central square offers space for selling final produce, tying a loop from earth to table. The residential space for Key West is to be located above the public functions, offering a variety of studio and apartment sizes, as well as a co-housing option for shared living.

Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Key West is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. 

News via: Henning Larsen

Gothenburg to Realise Henning Larsen's Mixed-Use Urban District

Like many European urban districts, the Swedish city of Gothenburg is in the process of transforming old industrial areas along its waterfront into mixed-use public realms. Against the backdrop of urban regeneration in Gothenburg, Danish firm Henning Larsen has unveiled a masterplan for the Lindholmen urban district, which following its completion in 2025, will offer a diverse environment for engagement between students, entrepreneurs, and public citizens.

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Henning Larsen Brings Canals and Rooftop Farming to Brussels in Competition-Winning Masterplan" 05 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/892016/henning-larsen-brings-canals-and-rooftop-farming-to-brussels-in-competition-winning-masterplan/> ISSN 0719-8884
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