Working in collaboration with local practice WIT Architecten, Fletcher Priest were one of five practices shortlisted for the masterplan of the Rue de la Loi and its surroundings in the heart of the European District of Brussels, alongside architects including OMA and eventual winners Christian de Portzamparc.
The Rue de la Loi is one of the key axial routes entering the city from the east, and is currently a four lane road with heavy traffic flowing in one direction, creating an inhospitable barrier between the historic districts of Saint Josse and the Quartier Leopold to the north and south. The ambition of the competition organisers, comprising the City of Brussels, Brussels Capital-Region and the European Commission, is for the physical environment of the street to be transformed.
The project seeks to create a new physical presence for the institutions of Europe within the city and a near doubling in density to average plot ratios of 8 alongside an introduction of diverse new land uses. The brief aims to act as an exemplar for the issue of sustainability within the city.