Walking tour

Brussels’ trendiest meeting place

These buildings in Anderlecht’s Petite Île/Klein Eiland neighbourhood used to house a weaving mill. They later became the premises of a pharmaceutical company and subsequently a warehouse for electronics and automotive parts. In its latest incarnation, the complex is to be converted into hundreds of homes, a school, shops and workshops. An international team of architects was commissioned to draw up the plans for this project by the Brussels regional development agency, the Société du Logement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brusselse Gewestelijke Huisvestingsmaatschappij (Brussels-Capital Region housing company) and the Anderlecht social housing association Foyer Anderlechtois/Anderlechtse Haard. Ahead of this large-scale overhaul, the site is currently occupied by Studio CityGate, a social, cultural and creative hotspot featuring an incredible range of facilities and activities including a skate park and climbing wall, artists’ studios, dance classes, a café and a multifunctional space (the Volta hall) hosting concerts and other musical events. But could this ‘temporary’ venue be more permanent than it seems?

In cooperation with Klare Lijn.

Practical information

Sun. at 10:30 (in French) and Sun. at 13:30 (in Dutch) (duration: 2 hours).

Venue: Studio CityGate, Rue des Goujons/Grondelstraat 152, Anderlecht

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.

78 Deux Gares/Petite Île - Twee stations/Klein Eiland