Recovering the Landscape
Planning new urban development tends to create homogeneous and generic landscapes and cities. The urban plan of the Grünewald district, part of the new European quarter of Luxembourg, which was first constructed in 1960s. Following a geometric grid, a chessboard of buildings blocks, private gardens and public squares. Located on the edge of the plateau, overlooking the last open spaces of the plateau and the wooden valley.
The Fragmented Orchard
Providing a strong identity for the new district and to create a sense of community was a challenge. For the project, OKRA developed the concept of the fragmented orchard spreading across a connecting the entire network of squares and gardens. There is a succession of three types of orchards: ornamental on the northern urban edge, productive within the heart of the housing district, and rustic along the southern edge. The agricultural history of the Grünewald district has been re-interpreted and creates a bold link between business area in the north and natural areas in the south.
New Neighbourhood In Bloom
As the new inhabitants and workers are moving in and the shops and restaurants are opening and people are progressively using the spaces. With the change of the seasons users can enjoy the smell and sight of the first bloom in the district in spring, picking up berries after lunch in summer, having fun in the playground, and wandering through the gardens.