Master plan - redevelopment of a former hospital site into a multifunctional site
Bavière is an enclave covering 4.5 hectares in the Outremeuse district of Liège. It is squeezed between a busy 19th-century boulevard and the Dérivation, the diversion canal of the river Meuse. The site has suffered from urban blight since the hospital complex closed in the 1980s. The redevelopment of Bavière may breathe new life into the centre of Wallonia’s largest city in terms of both living and working.
In drawing up the master plan, POLO Architects collaborated with Anorak, DMT Architecten, and French landscape architect Michel Desvigne. The project developer who had acquired the land wanted to build a neighbourhood with 600 apartments and houses, but also student housing, offices, shops, cafés and restaurants.
The master plan draws new streets perpendicular to the canal and outlines fourteen îlots. Because the îlots are neither typical blocks nor solitary buildings – they each consist of three to four separate buildings – they facilitate possibilities for new residential typologies.
While the new buildings along the boulevard form a powerful front, the buildings along the water are relatively open. This structure keeps the apartments and houses that are situated at a distance from the waterfront in contact with the water.
NEW FORMS OF HOUSING
"A building project of this size is an opportunity to introduce new forms of residential housing. The master plan includes collective use of space and high-quality public areas. Squares and green spaces in various sizes and styles fashion a varied cityscape." – Patrick Lootens, founding partner POLO Architects
The division into fourteen îlots made it possible to carry out the project in phases, in response to market demand. The buildings are designed by different architects.
However, the Bavière site is still a wasteland today. The developer pulled out and sold the land to a different developer, who came up with a new vision for the area.
images: POLO Architects - Belly.be
Bavière-site, Rue des Bonnes Villes, Liège
TV: POLO Architects - Anorak - DMT architecten Michel Desvigne
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