Revitalisering Zeebrugge

The project looks at re-establishing a constructive balance between the land use of the port and that of the small town surrounding it. Over the years, this town of around 4.000 inhabitants has gone from being proud of its relation with the port to suffering under its high demands in terms of security, logistics and accessibility, resulting in the decay of a large part of Zeebrugge’s former glory as a coastal town. Yet it is commonly agreed that the port in its capacity as an important economic driver and the town with its social and spatial potential should work together towards a shared environment.

Over a period of 12 months, a framework was developed that for the first time untangled a large number of ongoing port and development projects. This exercise enabled different people to understand what was actually going on in their environment but also made it possible to propose integrated design ideas regarding these big investments. Through this methodology, the large planning projects could contribute local qualities to their surroundings.

At the end of this collaborative process, a public, soft connection system was proposed alongside 12 meaningful places in the public domain.


  • Location

    Zeebrugg, Belgium

  • Client

    City of Bruge, Stedenbeleid Vlaanderen.

  • Completion

    2018

  • In collaboration with

    AWB, Ruth Soenen, Tractebel

  • 51N4E project team

    Harold Vermeiren, Ruben Janssen, Arya Arabshahi

  • 51N4E involvement

    Public design and framework development

  • Programme

    Public Space

  • Site surface

    60.000m²

  • Image credits

    51n4e