West 8 turns a dark and unsafe square in Belgium into a vibrant outdoor lounge
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The site is part of the old industrial district, known as the Vaartkom, located within a walking distance of the city's historic core. Hidden under a ring road viaduct and surrounded by industrial blocks on the northern banks of Vaartkom, the canal and the Keizersberg, a space called Engels Plein has remained derelict for years as a rundown urban leftover. After winning the competition to redesign this stretch of land back in 2010, the team started implementing their vision which was based on moving...