Permanent lighting of 3 bridges spanning the Canal in Brussels


Client : Region Brussels-Capital

Year : 2009

Design team : Isabelle CORTEN and Martin LEFRANCQ (within the Region Brussels-Capital)

Scope of appointment : Full appointment (design and implementation)

Permanent lighting of 3 bridges spanning the Canal in Brussels

The illumination of the bridges over the Brussels canal (Sainctelette, Petit Château and Porte de Flandre) is an initiative that marks the starting point of the new Lighting Plan for the Brussels-Capital Region.

The section of the canal that the Region has focused on is a lively neighbourhood with strong economic potential located between the historical centre of Brussels and the shopping districts of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. The lights on the bridges now accompany the inhabitants of Brussels on either side of the canal. A link has been formed between the two parts of the city.

In addition to forming this link, one of the aims of the project was act as a reminder of the presence of water in the heart of the city. Until now, the canal disappeared when night fell. Now, the curtain of turquoise light along the walls of the quay is reflected off the surface of the water, making it more visible. The architectural details, such as the bas-reliefs and the art-deco statues of the sculptor Ernest Wijnants take on a new dimension when lit.