District / Canal

At the heart of Brussels and the centre of a rapidly regenerating Canal Area

The Citroën building is next to the Pentagon, the historic centre of Brussels, and is located at the heart of the Canal Area, the rapidly regenerating axis passing through Brussels from south to north.

The development of the Canal Area is one of the urban planning priorities of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region: housing developments are under construction to receive the new inhabitants; the focus is on the creation of employment; public spaces will be created or refurbished to create links between the various neighbouring districts.

The Béco Dock, the part of the Canal next to the building, has been an epicentre for the regeneration of the Canal Area over the past few years. On the right bank, following the construction of the country’s tallest residential tower, several housing projects are under development.

The Canal’s left bank will be redeveloped as a park, which will connect the historic centre with the developing Tour & Taxis site. A new bridge for public and non-motorised transport will connect the two banks and strengthen the link between the Gare du Nord administrative district and Tour & Taxis. The new Tour & Taxis Park is being developed, in phases, and will also provide a green connection with the Bockstael district. On and around the Tour & Taxis site, several housing and office projects are in the course of development.

The current port activities of the Béco Dock are being transferred to the Vergote Dock and the ‘TACT’ zone, where new industrial facilities are being integrated into the urban development, including the activities of the Citroën garage.

Place Sainctelette, the square in front of the future Citroën Cultural Centre, will also undergo a major redevelopment in keeping with the ambitions for the latter.