Foster + Partners has won an international competition to redevelop the Royal Hamilius ‘block’ in Luxembourg City
Foster’s first project in the country, the mixed-use development is designed to be the ‘gateway’ to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The practice aims to ‘enhance and repair the urban fabric’ of the historic location.
The scheme consists of a department store, offices, shops and apartments. A 360-degree ‘sky garden’ will provide panoramic views across the city.
A proposed curved steel structure set in the landscaped surroundings will enclose a rooftop bar and will be visible along the city skyline.
Much of the project’s success will depend on the new civic square, which developers Codic International hope will draw in the public with markets, open air concerts and seasonal ice skating.
Stefan Behling, a design director at Foster + Partners, said the scheme will ‘add to the urban life of the city, rather than be isolated from it.’
The 5-year construction is planned to start in 2012.