The avenue de la Toison d’Or and the boulevard de Waterloo, between the Porte de Namur and the rond-point Louise, will soon benefit from a complete facade redevelopment. What will this space look like after its make-over?
After tackling Place Sainctelette and the rond-point Schuman, Brussels continues its metamorphosis. The Brussels Region has recently applied for a planning permit for the redevelopment of the avenue de la Toison d’Or and the boulevard de Waterloo. The objective: to restore prestige to the artery and make room for sustainable mobility. The Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Pascal Smet, did not hesitate to speak of a transformation “worthy of the Champs-Elysées in Paris or the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona”. The cost: 10 million euros.
At the helm: the association of Bruno Fortier, Polo and Arcadis, which won the architectural public tender launched by the government. The project plans to create a sizeable metropolitan promenade with a strong identity in terms of open space, where, today, more than 85% of the area is devoted to the car. On the road, only 15 of the 385 existing sites will be preserved. This will allow for the creation of bidirectional cycle paths on both sides of the road and a forecourt in front of the church Couvent des Pères Carmes. The paving will be made of two-tone granite.
Symbol of luxury and prestige
“A symbol of luxury and prestige in the capital, the avenue de la Toison d’Or and the boulevard de Waterloo look more like a common motorway and a vast open-air parking lot instead of a space for luxury shopping, strolling and relaxation,” explains Pascal Smet (sp-a). The project, designed by the firms Bruno Fortier, Polo and Arcadis aims to “ give back all its lustre to this strategic and emblematic commercial space of the Petite Ceinture”, concludes the elected representative of Brussels.