COBE and BRUT just unveiled competition-winning plans for Place Schuman, which will transform a busy roundabout in Brussels, Belgium into a vibrant urban space. The design is inspired by the shape of the European Parliament’s hemicycle, and it features a reflective roof covering an urban agora.
Place Schuman is a heavily trafficked roundabout located in the heart of Brussels. It is surrounded by the main institutions of the European Union – including the European Council and the European Commission – which makes it the symbolic entrance to the EU.
The project consists of an agora topped with an iconic roof structure that reflects the square and the people below. The roof has a funnel-shaped opening that frames the surrounding institutions of the European Union on the square. A large pedestrian area will surround the agora and connect Place Schuman to the neighboring Cinquantenaire Park and the bridge of Rue de la Loi over Chaussée d’Etterbeek. The agora underneath the roof will be designed as a series of concentric circles, inspired by the European Parliaments’ hemicycle.
“A parliament is usually closed-off to the public, but Place Schuman will be permanently accessible, embracing democracy and knowledge sharing,” said Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director of COBE. “Here, all citizens of the EU will be united under one roof,” he added.