Fonds Belval: Grafiet kleiklinker verenigt en kleurt de wijk


 

Belval Fund

 
As a public body set up to construct the Cité des Sciences, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation, the Belval Fund exercises the role of project manager during the realisation of government facilities at the Belval industrial site. The Fund’s mission is to develop all-in projects, from drawing up a construction timetable to commissioning of the building. The special feature of the redevelopment of Belval is that the restored furnaces are not there as museums or isolated objects, but are integrated into the urban space, thus becoming city landmarks. The project includes the creation of an entire urban area with four districts −  Terrasse des Hauts Fourneaux, Square Mile, Parc Belval and Quartier Belval − which guarantee a top-notch quality of life thanks to a mixture of services, shops, scientific and educational institutions, sport facilities, cultural centres and recreational facilities. 
 
 
 
 

A site worth visiting

 
What was previously the largest steel factory in Luxembourg is now one of the most ambitious urban development projects in Europe with one special feature: the elements from the former industrial site are being kept and integrated into the new concept. The last two furnaces not only remind us of a bygone era, but are also icons of the new Belval. Anyone wishing to get the measure of this construction utopia and fully appreciate the character the clay pavers provide to the public spaces should climb the 180 steps which lead to the view point on furnace A. At forty metres’ height, you can enjoy an excellent view of the new Belval neighbourhoods and their surroundings. Guided visits are also organised. Both individual and guided tours must be paid for and are subject to limited times. More information is available on this page.
 
 
 

© André Weisgerber (Album Belval van Schuiten)


  

© François Schuiten, 2003

François Schuiten

 
François Schuiten was born in Brussels on 26 April 1959 into a family of architects. He was only just sixteen when his cartoons were published for the first time. He is mainly known for his ‘Les Cités obscures’ series which he made with his childhood friend Benoît Peeters. Each city is represented in a specific architectural style; the psychology of the characters and the story are strongly influenced by this. The albums have been translated into a dozen languages and won numerous awards. 
Schuiten’s world, however, goes beyond the drawing board. He also keeps himself busy in architecture, theatre, television and cinema. He also designed the Hallepoort metro station in Brussels and the Arts et Métiers metro stop in Paris. He has recently overseen the scenographic design of the train museum in Schaerbeek (Brussels).
In 2003 François Schuiten described and illustrated his vision of the future for the Belval district, an industrial site which had been abandoned since the 1997 closure of its blast furnaces. “The architecture must be a tremendous technical feat which constantly surprises us. It must allude to certain things, outline and define, just like a plant. It will, in addition to a path which allows passers-by to walk quickly across the site, have shops, restaurants, offices, cultural centres and theatres. All of these spaces will form an organic whole with their immediate vicinity. They will always benefit from the power and the appearance of the area. At night, they will be fully lit up in a real mise-en-scène and according to a script, therefore allowing the emotion they carry in them to be expressed and reflected. When viewed from the outside, this large machine looks as if it has come to life again.”