Redevelopment in an historic context
The Place Hôtel de Ville (town hall square) is the first project which was realized in the context of the old town’s redesign.
The beige and grey granite paving stones which – with the exception of the traffic lanes and a “ribbon” of granite plates along the facades – cover the whole place, refer to the colours characterizing the cityscape. The consistency of the surface enlarges the place’s dimensions, enhances the appearance of buildings and streets and highlights structures of historic importance.
The rich history and former prosperity of the town rooted in its position amidst the open cast mining area of the “Terres Rouges”, is symbolized by four steel plates inserted into the carpet of natural stone in the middle of the square.
The river Alzette, still existing in the town’s name but flowing deeply underneath the present ground level, is revitalized symbolically in the form of a fountain.
Planning and realization: 2004 – 2007
1st prize in international competition 2004
Commission Place Hôtel de Ville 2004
In collaboration with: Christian Bauer & Associés Architectes, Pfarré Lighting Design, Latz Riehl Partner (consturction management)
Client: City of Esch-sur-Alzette
Total area: 1.7 hectares
Area Place Hôtel de Ville: 8.800 m²