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A new life for the main square of the village : a gathering place - Schuttrange, Luxembourg

# Award Winner

Like a village-street, Schuttrange stretches along the CR132, a north-south traffic axis connecting it from Moutfort to Niederanven. The urban fabric is predominantly residential, characterized by two-pitched roofs and small volumes typical of village architecture. Currently, the central square’s configuration lacks attractiveness due to its status as a parking area and its proximity to the CR132. There is a lack of appealing functions, and pedestrians are not encouraged to stroll. Moreover, the significant level difference of about 4 meters between the upper and lower parts of the square contributes to dividing the village in half and fragmenting the space.

Our objective was to preserve as much of the existing structures as possible.

With the aim of promoting exchanges and gatherings around the central square, we intend to transform the constraints of its proximity to traffic and its unique topography into advantages. To achieve this, the section of the CR that crosses the village will become a reduced-speed zone at 30 km/h, aiming to limit noise disturbances and enhance pedestrian safety. This road segment will also have the same surface as the square, visually reinforcing the sense of being in the center of Schuttrange and contributing to the spontaneous reduction of speed by drivers.

The allocation of new functions and their diversification (market, leisure, dining, gastronomy, medical center, grocery store, etc.) will bring visibility to the square, specifically, and to the municipality and its residents in general. Due to the proximity of the traffic lane, cyclists and motorists will have the opportunity to stop and purchase local products, enjoy cafes, consult healthcare professionals, use the children’s playground, or participate in cultural activities. This approach aims to create a vibrant and dynamic space that caters to the diverse needs and interests of both residents and visitors.

To harmonize with the existing terrain, the square is conceptually divided into an upper and lower part. These sections are connected by a green belt, facilitating rainwater drainage, providing shade, and ensuring accessibility for people with reduced mobility. A gentle slope, replacing an old staircase, links the lower square to Pompiers Street, blending grassy and natural stone elements for a seamless transition between the mineral and natural zones.

At the southern edge of the central square, the new Kulturhaus is strategically positioned for accessibility from both the main road and the square. The building, partly spanning two floors, takes advantage of the existing topography. Featuring a Welcome Lounge and Café at the top, it serves as a notable landmark, enhancing the square’s appeal. Elevators ensure seamless connection between levels for deliveries and accessibility. Despite being partially underground, the Kulturhaus maximizes natural light with a large glass facade and skylights. Public activities, focused mainly in the Foyer/Café, aim to energize and enrich the central square, forming a cultural trio with the Church and Town Hall to reinforce its identity.

To enhance the village center, a Medical Center, Pharmacy, and local shops will be positioned across the CR from Maison Kier and the Kulturhaus foyer. This area, near a semi-underground parking and bus stop, aims to boost vibrancy without disturbing nearby residences. On the north side, short-term parking and a terrace will be reserved for Schëtter Stuff, improving existing functions. The Scouts and Youth Club, located nearby, maintain independence with separate access and private outdoor spaces. The Scouts will have access to a private garden in the orchard for their activities. Each function can operate independently or synergistically, contributing to the village’s vitality and attractiveness.

The competition unfolded in three phases during a participatory process and consultation with the municipality.
At each phase, we revised our architectural proposal based on the remarks, expectations, and needs of the municipality while maintaining our architectural approach and concept.


Deutscher Bundestag