The project aims to create a public park and a facilities hub in Schaerbeek, as part of a district contract. The outdoor areas consisting in the former vegetable gardens along the railway are reconnected visibly to the public space and will include the reorganization of Stephenson square. This transformation will be combined with the creation of sport facilities, a nursery, an indoor public shared space, premises for the park wardens and locals for social organisations. The implantation of these functions and the landscaping of the park are cohesively designed to activate facades and promote social control.
The quality of the soil, its topography and water are the main elements that form the basis of the ecosystemic approach integrating the challenges of preservation of natural environments, rainwater management and the social approach within the neighbourhood.
In terms of urbanistic reflexion, the goal is to densify the hollow spaces along the roadway while freeing up the existing buildings inside the urban block. This will ensure visibility and organisational clarity. The architectural approach strives to promote circularity in the broadest sense, and specifically the diversified uses, inspired by the post-industrial context of the site. As a matter of fact, the project intends, for both the redesign of the park and the buildings, to maximise conservation and reuse of the existing material as well as the usage of recycled materials. The constructive approach favours re-use and its social dimension, healthy materials for a healthy environment and modular and demountable building systems.