As a part of the urban assemblages studio that consists on the making of a transect starting from Scharbeek formation to Woluwe Saint Lambert in order to analyse, decompose and develop urban territories in brussels, we concentrated our work on the Hof Ter Musschen protected zone that is situated in Woluwe Saint Lambert in the south of the flemish border. It’s surrounded by the Saint Luc hospital campus andBoulevard de la Woluwe.
As a first interaction and visit to the site in question we identified the different existing functions, for instance, the hospital campus, metro Alma station, a residence zone and the Hof Ter Musschen green zone that has an old windmill and a renovated old farm that we could see from the transect line but couldn’t have access to.
After digging deeper and with more inquiry, we discovered that Hof Ter Musschen is actually a protected,managed and animated zone by the CEBE non-profit association (commission de l’environnement de Bruxelles et environs asbl), which explains the restricted access to it and the lack of connections between the existing urban fabrics around it, which makes it a sort of obstacle.
campus to Marcel Thiry Avenue leading to Brussels center where we propose a cohabitation sequence that offers artificial bird nests on top of the covered structure that is also elevated to not disturb the birds flight that happens to be on a low height, and a socializing sequence that takes advantage of the organic shape of the flexible benches to create social interactionsbetween people while negotiating space. The second path connects the Alma metro station to the residency zone on the west side of Hof Ter Musschen where we offer animal friendly urbandesigns like the wooden structure path shaped in a wavy way that creates cavities for birdsreproduction and also playing areas open to all age ranges, this path continues towards the gardening sequence that encourages the visitors to take care of the local flora through themanual modulability of the wooden panels that protects the flora from the sun/shade accordingto its needs and conditions.
The third path is extended from the north to the south of Hof Ter Musschen, parallel to Boulevard de la Woluwe, that aims to open up the green site to this mainstreet, while inviting the walker to the green promenade that follows the same logic as theprevious ones.