Place Schuman

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Client: Bruxelles Mobilité

Program: New urban square and pedestrian zone

Size: 34.000 m2

Status: 1st prize in competition in 2017, construction start 2019

Collaborators: BRUT, ARA, UTIL, Buro MOVE

Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Caroline Nagel, Maria Aufegger, Dorte Buchardt Westergaard, Rasmus Lassen, Nika Koraca

Located in the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium, and surrounded by the main institutions of the European Union, Place Schuman constitutes the entrance to the EU. The project consist of an agora covered with an iconic roof structure reflecting the square and the people below, creating a meeting place between nationalities, cultures, languages and genders. The agora is designed as concentric circles, inspired by the European Parliaments’ hemicycle. The circles continue in the surrounding pavement, emphasizing Place Schuman as the center of European democracy. By transforming a heavily trafficated roundabout into a democratic gathering point, all citizens and insittutions of the European Union are unifyed under one roof. Place Schuman will transform the European Quarter from a city for cars into a city for people.