A “circular economy” shopping mall in Broek
Location and allocations plan
The Broek neighbourhood is located in the southern side of Vilvoorde, between the city center and the Buda area, adjoining the R0 ring road of Brussels and facing the Drie Fonteinen park. It is characterized by its longitudinal divisions: the canal, the Zenne, and the busy Schaarbeeklei axis along which the former Renault factories take place. While the northern part of Broek is developing into a new residential area, the south of the neighbourhood is occupied mostly by factories, construction material retails and some company offices, convinced by the cheaper rent and the proximity to Brussels and other big cities. Broek is currently a transitioning zone, as attested by the presence of construction sites.
Those construction sites are part of a masterplan for a new residential development for the neighbourhood, meaning that the number of inhabitants is going to increase in the upcoming years. Broek is intended to become a more dense and lively area.
The new complex will settle on an underused parcel, benefiting from the presence of an abandoned hangar on the site. The hatched area is one of the future masterplan’s residential buildings, the only one that is currently in construction.
Interactions within the neighbourhood and with the rest of the town
Activities and flows on the site