Rue de la Loi

Two sets of contradictory demands define this competition:

To improve the urban qualities of the already congested Rue de la Loi by doubling its density
 To create a new European quarter on a site which is already occupied by a traditional example of the European city

The first issue is morphological, the second symbolic. To address the morphology, we introduce in Brussels the ancient European typology of the 'portico', the classical emblem of the 'public'. It forms a screen of shifted footprints that introduces in the claustrophobic street wall of the Rue de la Loi a lateral depth of openings that defines a linear political space, if not an agora. The portico is 'capped' with federating elements parallel to the Rue de la Loi that defines a 'European' axis.