The garden-city districts Le Logis and Floréal

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In the early 1920s, Trois Tilleuls/Drie Linden was chosen as the site for two new housing estates that would provide a new form of community living. Work on Le Logis began in 1921, with Floréal following in 1922. The new neighbourhoods were laid out by town planner Louis van der Swaelmen and architect Jean-Jules Eggericx, who, while staying in the United Kingdom, had become familiar with the concept of garden cities – a type of community that had enjoyed some success in the UK after first being mooted in the 19th century. The houses, made of brick or cinder block, were given brightly-coloured shutters and window frames and were surrounded by attractive gardens, the aim of the project being to provide residents with both healthy housing and community facilities (such as schools, sports grounds, a medical clinic and a cinema) following the First World War. These neighbourhoods’ streets, which all bear the names of flowers or birds, were laid out carefully and are made all the more attractive by multiple green spaces, hedges featuring various plant species, and rows of Japanese cherry trees. Thanks to the standards set by the cooperative that built them and their status as listed complexes, the Le Logis and Floréal garden cities have lost nothing of their simple, picturesque, virtually rural charm. Colour plays a vital role in the two communities: each of them has its own colour code, which is cleverly used to emphasise the spaces and the decor adorning them. (Listed since 15 February 2001)

Practical information

17 95 Les 3 Tilleuls - Drie Linden