BROEKLIN

Circular Makers Market District

The BROEKLIN project will be developed on a site within the former industrial heart of Belgium on the northern periphery of Brussels. It is designed by professor and architect Alexander D'Hooghe, along with his team at ORG Permanent Modernity. BROEKLIN refers to the original name of the 'Broek' area in Machelen. Thanks to an intense and fascinating programme of cocreation with all parties involved in the region, BROEKLIN will provide a new future for a former industrial zone in an area with metropolitan challenges. This is why the name also refers to the well-known Brooklyn. This part of the city of New York also has a rich industrial history, and grew into a bustling city district for its diverse population after the industry moved away. 

BROEKLIN brings training, production, consumption and circularity together in a makers district, hosted in large, modern and adaptable industrial halls. There is therefore room for large and small SME production, as well as for shops that make products, finish them or involve an element of manufacturing. Visitors will be able to participate in the creation of products, interacting with producers on tailored specifications. Makers will be able to manufacture items on-site, lowering waste and overproduction, all while contributing to a shared resource/waste loop from other neighboring businesses.

 

The presence of urban agriculture on the site will provide many opportunities for encouraging a short chain in BROEKLIN.  It’s clear that, in terms of circularity, BROEKLIN will take on a pioneering role in Europe. Besides, the buildings of BROEKLIN are designed as long lasting, expressive exoskeletons. These superstructures can be reused and adapted by every new user, every new generation.

BROEKLIN will create more than 3200 new jobs. The presence of training centres for vocational schools and universities is how BROEKLIN will invest in training for skilled and semi-skilled workers. 

​Landscape architect Bas Smets will be responsible for designing a large park and pulling the landscape through into the halls. This means the green landscape will take up almost half of the site's total surface area. 

 

The House for the Arts in BROEKLIN will create an experimental environment for various forms of art. It will complement the Brussels Philharmonic's existing accommodation in Flagey, among other things.

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