比利时布鲁塞尔弗拉吉广场Place Flagey by Latz Partner
In former times, there existed a lake in this place, the largest one of a chain of water surfaces. Parts of it were backfilled already in the second half of the 19th century what enabled the Place Saint – Croix in front of the church Saint – Croix and a promenade, being at that time the core of the quarter. In the late thirties of the last century, the other sides of the square were completed with the Foyer Ixellois, a complex of social housing and the National Radio building. Today, after the construction of underground garage and rainwater reservoir, the location of the former promenade is paved with the same material like the new public square. This guarantees both a continuity of material and a visual continuity and strengthens the connections between the square and the promenades along the church and the lakes.
Water features, informally planted tree groups and the choice of the species as well as structure and bluish – grey colour of the surface remind symbolically of the place‘s history and form a link to the neighbouring park and adjacent public spaces (Pessoa Square and Place Sainte – Croix). The “vegetation” is composed of natural and artificial elements – willows and maples connecting to the plants at the lake, willows and chest-nuts to existing green spaces in the north, and the light glass and steel canopy sheltering the tram and bus junction.