julien de smedt architects aim to revitalize brussel’s rue de la loi with an ambitious urban masterplan. after observing brussel’s struggle to tackle urban complexities, jds architects set out to create a real project that could bring about ‘the new relevance that brussels wants to stand for’. their concept is to revitalize the central area surrounding rue de la loi by celebrating europe’s diversity (brussels is the location of the EU union). they plan to ‘invite talented architects from every country in the eu to create a building within the masterplan… providing a diverse yet unified landscape.’ the redevelopment is part architectural and also very focused on creating green space in the urban centre of the city. the buildings themselves are focused on permeability as well as their relationship to the elements such as the wind and sun. jds architects believe this plan ‘should mirror the political identity of the european union as green, open, accessible and transparent…creating finally an image which is ‘united in diversity’.

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julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

julien de smedt architects: rue de la loi masterplan

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