Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
LUX – Landscape design in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg by AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH
July 1st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH
Between forward-facing high-rise buildings and blast furnaces of the past the new Steelyard square forms the center of Belval Ouest, a city development project which is currently constructed in Luxembourg on the grounds of a former steel mill. The disused industrial site´s atmosphere was characterized by wideness and roughness as well as pioneer plants such as mosses and birch. The former situation is necessarily literally covered by the new use and new design. Our major goal was it to let the now hidden qualities shine through the redesign.
Seating areas and new trees are concentrated into islands, which leave empty large areas of space and also serve as focal points in this emptiness. Aging-capable materials such as concrete, wood and untreated steel in combination with rough detailing make it possible for the patina of the past to return.
We are delighted to announce that the project LUX – Place de l’Académie, the architectural design on a former “Stahlhof” (steel industry site) in Esch-sur-Alzette, won the prestigious Luxembourg “Bauhaereprais” (builders award) in the category “Espaces paysages” (space and landscape design). The award was accepted yesterday, 26 June 2012 by the builders of AGORA and AllesWirdGut at a festive presentation in Luxembourg.
About the project:
The atmosphere of the abandoned industrial site was characterized by width and roughness, and by plants such as mosses and birch. The redesign by AllesWirdGut is very gentle with this legacy, leaving the hidden qualities of the former site shine through to the present. Aging-capable materials such as concrete, wood and untreated steel were combined with an industrial building-like architecture. Space alternates with empty seats, steps and landscaping. The materials used, take on patina with age and allow the return of the past.
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