The ambition of NEO
NEO sets out to redevelop the entire site in several ways. It needs to bolster the site’s international appeal and create a meeting place for people from Brussels, Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. NEO is a new gateway to Brussels, a “cross-over point” for public transport and vehicular traffic, equipped with a central urban infrastructure.
The site makes it possible to create a diverse, well-balanced urban centre: a mixed-use urban environment with international congresses, national events, activities, housing, shops, recreational facilities and culture. Ideally, therefore, the existing facilities and their built structures will need to be (re-) adjusted.
NEO is a park, a flourishing green space, that serves as a link between visitors and local residents and is accessible to all. For both the city and the neighbouring area, the Heyzel must become an integral part of the green lungs which run from the canal area to the parks of Laeken and Osseghem before heading north. This principal green strip provides opportunities for sport, cycling and walking.
NEO is, above all else, a “major project”, and its layout is fully in keeping with the richness of its history. The architecture and the public space must reflect the optimism of the universal exhibitions and their openness to the future.