It does not always have to be a government that takes the initiative to redevelop and optimise public spaces; the Arts Quarter Neighbourhood Committee proves this with the Place du Trône project.
This green zone in the centre of Brussels between the inner ring road and the Royal Palace has now been given new meaning thanks to the drive and perseverance of the Arts Quarter Neighbourhood Committee asbl. To turn this park into a green zone with a multifunctional character and, above all, a meeting place, the architectural firm JNC International was called in and realised with the financial support of insurance company AXA.
Without compromising architect Alphonse Balat's original design, an open green space with accessible lawns flanked by benches was created. Already, you can see that this place lives up to its ambition of being a green meeting place. Enjoying the sun or just relaxing attracts many visitors who can take a rest on the Nu benches by Urbidermis by Santa & Cole.
That it has not been an easy task to realise this redevelopment proves the path taken by the neighbourhood committee. Thanks in part to an open dialogue and intensive cooperation with the City of Brussels and Brussels Environment, this project demonstrates the possibilities and opportunities that other parties can offer for public space.