Kuebebierg, a neighborhood looking to the future

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This is an important page being written in Kirchberg history: On Wednesday, March 2, Kuebebierg’s urban development was unveiled in a neighborhood that will welcome more than 7,000 new residents on 33 hectares of land in 15 years. The district will be served by tram (with a new line to be built), it will provide a wide area for nature, it will respond to quarter-hour city principles and it will welcome families who have difficulty in finding a place to stay in the city. .

Currently, Kuebebierg is an agricultural plain overlooking the city. This is where big concerts like the Rolling Stones in 1995 or festivals like Food for your Senses happen. Tomorrow it will be a residential area (approximately 3,127 dwellings) strongly integrating vegetation, which will welcome new families, but also schools, shops, crafts, sports facilities (including an outdoor swimming pool) or another vegetable farm. All on land that is exclusively owned by the State and held by the Kirchberg Fund.

A consultation to force reflection

To envision this region of tomorrow, the Kirchberg Fund organized a paid consultation launched on 13 November 2019 with the help of PROgroup. Four teams responded to the call, and three teams were selected to continue in the second phase, which began on 13 January 2020. To challenge the teams, an interim meeting was held on June 29 with 17 members of the Selection Committee. Following this, the teams submitted their final files on October 29, 2021, and the jury met on February 7, 2022 for deliberation. A unanimous winning project emerged: Zeyen+Baumann (urban planning), Atelier Alfred Peter (landscape), Etienne Ballan (sociology), Cabane Partner (sociology), RR&A (mobility), Güller Project led by Güller architecture and urbanism office, ZEFCO (circular economy), Ecolor (environment), Ville en Œuvre (economics), Belvédère (urban programming).

Two other groups participating in this consultation:

Cobe, Idea Consult, Simon-Christiansen & Associés, Martha Schwartz Partners, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, Mersch Landscape Engineers, Zilmplan

and Steinmetzdemeyer, socio en ville, Kneip Consulting Engineers, Beissel & Ruppert, Spatial Landscape Architecture, Urban Resonance, Even Consulting, Efor-ersa Consulting Engineers.

View of panels of other finalist projects

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View of panels of other finalist projects

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A neighborhood designed for people

Güller In the urban concept imagined by the group created around Güller, the forest surrounding the steep slopes stretches towards the plateau. “We want to build this piece of new town from the topography,” explains architect and urban planner Mathis Guller. Trees will be found everywhere: “Depending on the ground, residents will live in the canopy or above.”

Boulevard Kuebebierg will be erected and there will be large areas reserved for pedestrians.

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Place du Kuebebierg will be the future center of the area with shops, restaurants and cafes, space for events but still many trees.

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The “lifeline” will be a space shared by all residents.

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Layout of the main axes and squares of the district.

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The neighborhood is articulated around two main axes and three common living spaces. On one side, a linear park on the ridge called “Ligne de vie” connects public spaces and large facilities, just like the tram line. At the junction of these two axes are the Frieden Gate and the Place du Kuebebierg, which enter into dialogue with the already existing surrounding districts. A wide plain at the end of the site is home to outdoor activities. Also, as the head of the jury, Tatiana Fabeck noted, what seduces the judges, among other things, is this character’s “totally lace” character.

The public spaces provide maximum openness to the sky, while the tallest buildings are located outside the county, at the edge of the forest. “Since two square meters will be built for each square meter, the district will be busy, but the relationship with nature will be very lively. That’s why we used the slogan “Si ville, si nature,” explains Mathis Güller.

In addition to housing, many facilities and infrastructure are also in the program: Michel Lucius High School and the National School for Adults (ENAD) are moving here. There will also be an Integrated Center for the Elderly (CIPA) and four nurseries. The City of Luxembourg will build a basic school there. Craft events are also planned on the ground floors around Porte Frieden.

The master plan of the neighborhood

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Aerial view of the project

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Just ahead of the tram is the Place du Kuebebierg, the future heart of the area with shops, restaurants and cafes, events and festivities.

Mathis Güller states that the linear park will be evaluated as “the accommodation of the district with its ground floors and areas where children can play together”.

  Architect and urban planner Mathis Guller.  Romain Gamba/Modern House

Architect and urban planner Mathis Guller.

Romain Gamba/Modern House

At the heart of the blocks are playgrounds, communal vegetable gardens, etc. This community life was made possible.

Moving westward, at the end of the plateau, the neighborhood opens onto the landscape in a wide recreational space. It is possible to do sports activities freely. There is also a natural outdoor swimming pool, a city farm for market gardening, thus responding to the government’s ambitions to develop Urban Agriculture.

A project looking to the future

This new district in Luxembourg is no longer designed for the automobile. Without exclusion, it is no longer this means of movement that pulls the streets, but the pedestrian. This is also reflected in the allowed parking rate per dwelling, which is only 0.5. Therefore, the project offers six communal car parks, mostly separated from residential buildings, located along the street where the tram passes.

A wide variety of housing types can be found, evenly divided between affordable housing, low-cost housing, and free-market housing. This proposal will make a great contribution to solving the housing shortage in Kirchberg.

In addition, great emphasis is placed on environmental and energy targets.

“Our goal is to maximize renewable energy generation,” explains Marc Widong, director of the Kirchberg Fund. Our approach is based on three pillars: using energy efficiently, generating as much renewable energy on site as possible, and storing energy on site to meet as many needs as possible.”

The next steps of this project are already known. Reaching the PAP in 2025 is a matter of building infrastructures with a budget of 77.7 million Euros in 2026 and starting housing construction in 2028.