The entire Tour & Taxis site has been conceived as a vast and diverse neighbourhood. A variety of green areas is to be found : from flower plantations to trees, shrubs and plants. Furthermore, a new addition of beautiful ponds will be seen near the Gare Maritime. On top of that, the Tour & Taxis site is car-free. The underground parking places ensure traffic to be reduced to a minimum above ground.
Joggers, cyclists and passers-by will love it. Families with children will find the safety to let their young ones play in all liberty. Numerous bicycle sheds – on the site but also in each building – and pathways encourage both residents and employees on the site to make use of their bicycles more often.
RENOWNED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
All communal gardens, plantations as well as the exterior landscaping of Park Lane were designed by the landscaping agency Bas Smets. The Park Lane itself shows mineral elements as well as large cutouts into the landscape. A surrounding prairie vegetation organizes the space between the buildings. The trees alongside the lane also create a long lasting foliage.
Finally, the communal garden and embankment were both designed to act as an extension
to the Tour & Taxis park.
A few large trees will cast a cooling shadow and welcome residents to be willing to appropriate this vast garden.
Three courtyards made of red Clinker bricks (also known as Dutch paving bricks), lay somewhat recessed compared to their surrounding. Their discrete location opposite to ground level as well as the specific choice of plants and trees, conveys an intimate atmosphere.
Situated at the edge of the Park is the Parckfarm initiative. Its main aim is to promote ecological practices in an urban area and also build bridges between different communities around the Tour&Taxis site. Green and social activities are organized on a regular basis , such as workshops and neighbourhood parties etc.