Saint Gilles Bird's Eye View
Saint Gilles Bird's Eye View

View from Market
View from Market

Looking east from the nearby market into the new central park and gathering space of Saint Gilles, Bruxelles.

Hammock and Ampitheater Pods
Hammock and Ampitheater Pods

View of some of the many pods of spaces that make up the park space.

Saint Gilles Bird's Eye View
Saint Gilles Bird's Eye View

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brussels

urban design

spring abroad 2016

For three months in the beginning of 2016 I was fortunate to be able to study abroad in Brussels, Belgium at the School of Architecture Universite Catholique de Louvain. While there, a group of four from my class were assigned an urban design project in the Brussels suburb of Saint Gilles. The site currently is a decrepit park that people would rather avoid than spend any time in. My group decided to transform it into the new city center for Saint Gilles.

 

We created a new public park with active "pods" of space that each serve a different function for any sort of person to enjoy. The center of the site has a 5-story building comprised of office space and a Language Learning Center to serve the residents of Saint Gilles who speak upwards of 5 different languages. Surrounding the center building is a V of residential apartments at efficient and affordable sizes to better serve the typically low income residents of Saint Gilles. The residential buildings' facades take a liking of the surrounding Brussels row houses which are so common in the area and are each designed in a unique and fitting fashion.