Schuman, from roundabout to showcase of Brussels
since 2017 City of Brussels
After years of discussions and several proposed projects, the Schuman roundabout and its surroundings will finally be redesigned. After its redevelopment, Schuman will become a square worthy of the heart of Europe
The Schuman Roundabout is one of the most important places in the city. It is located right in the centre of the European Quarter, between the city centre and the stunning Cinquantenaire Park. Every day, thousands of residents, European officials and tourists pass by. Over the years, the Schuman square has been reduced to an ordinary roundabout for cars. A place where Brusselers and visitors alike don’t stay longer than needed.
With the European institutions, the high mobility offer and the Cinquantenaire Park in the surroundings, the Brussels Region wants to transform the roundabout into a real urban square. A square worthy of the capital of Europe, where people can engage with each other, where they can relax and chat. A square to be proud of, as Brusselers and as Europeans. The Brussels government has approved the plan to realise a metamorphosis on the roundabout.
This redesign focuses on high architectural and urban quality. The Schuman square should become an international showcase for Brussels.
After an international architecture competition, a jury of experts presided by the Brussels chief architect selected the design team COBE-BRUT. The design’s general philosophy reflects the central location of Schuman and is based on concentric circles, which recur throughout the whole design. The centre of the square will be covered be a round, metal canopy under which visitors and residents can enjoy a pleasant break. The bottom side of the construction will reflect the square. The Schuman square will become an ideal place to organise events and activities.
There will be a large pedestrian area around the square, which will be connected to the Cinquantenaire Park. Via Petite Rue de la Loi, which will become car-free, it will be possible to walk from the park to the buildings of the European Council and the European Commission.
The redistribution of the public space will take into account all road users (public transport passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, persons with reduced mobility, taxis and cars) and the proximity of the European institutions and commerce (for example for deliveries and during EU summits). Car traffic will no longer be able to round the square entirely but will still be able to drive to the centre when arriving from Avenue de Cortenbergh.