Brussels Airport is one of the busiest airports of Europe, with over 25.000 passengers per day. The Curb is the main entrance plaza, connecting all parking garages to the departure hall. It used to be the drop-off zone and infrastructural heart of the complex. Since the airport was the target of a terrorist attack in 2016, it was closed for cars, leaving an empty and undefined space behind. Felixx turned the Curb into a hybrid park-square, uniting the intense use of the space with the green ambition of realizing a co2 neutral airport by 2050. This goal is turned into a spatial billboard, providing a warm and green welcome for all travelers.
The orientation of the Curb is changed: from a linear infrastructural strip between the parking buildings and the departure hall, towards a square that unites both sides. An alternating floor pattern of white and grey lines literally connects the entrances of the garages to the ones of the hall. Within the dark strips, extruded boxes with lush vegetation are positioned. They differentiate planted areas from open walkways, naturally guiding passengers while providing pleasant places to stay. To further enhance the wayfinding within the area, the linear pattern is strategically disturbed by scaled and rotated logos of Brussels Airport, to mark the building entrances on both sides of the Curb.
The planters are custom designed. The strips have different lengths and heights, tailormade to provide ideal conditions for a wide diversity of vegetation. A variety of herb- and shrub species is combined with 35 different types of trees. They create a collection of small ecosystems on the square, boosting the biodiversity within a hard and infrastructural environment.
During the next years, the area around the Curb will be redeveloped, to realize the 2040 Brussels Airport Masterplan. The park is a temporary installation, covering the timeframe till the transformation of the Curb area itself within these plans. Therefore the project maximizes circular reuse of the applied elements. The planting strips are modular, engineered as connected movable boxes. Their materialization and color scheme are in line with the 2040 Outdoor Space Manual for Brussels Airport. As the first project realized within this frame, the park provides 100 planting boxes, to be reused and integrated in the final layout of the Brussels Airport complex.
Entrant office name: Felixx
Name of the project: Brussels Airport, a green entrance for the airport
Role of the entrant in the project: Landscape design
Team: Design by Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners, Realisation by Grijsen International in collaboration with Zoontjes Boomprojecten and Geerdink Markeringen
Project location: Belgium
Client: Brussels Airport
Size: 4500 m2
Design year: 2019
Year built: 2019