Tour & Taxis Forest
A Miyawaki pocket forest in the heart of Brussels.
SUGi’s Tour & Taxis Forest is situated in central Brussels, near the vibrant, cultural hub that is the Tour and Taxis complex. The area has a rich industrial history and played an integral part in the economic development of the city over the last 500 years.
The site forms part of a large regeneration project spearheaded by the world-renowned Bureau Bas Smets, and SUGi is thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with them, in conjunction with Nicolas de Brabandère. The development saw a new residential neighborhood in the center of Brussels with 12 hectares of parkland. Our Tour & Taxis Forest is situated within this parkland.
Nicolas de Brabandère
“Brussels is my home city. It's a dream come true to create an urban forest at its very heart. During the 19th century, Belgium experienced intense economic and industrial growth. Nowadays, it is turning into a grand park with historical buildings for fairs and culture where everyone can meet. I am honoured to add a touch of its wild spirit in the form of a lush forest full of life and inspiration for the new generation.”
Nicolas de Brabandère, SUGi Forest Maker
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
“The Miyawaki forest will complete the different landscape strategies deployed over the last 10 years for the reconversion of the former industrial site of Tour & Taxis into a lush evolutive landscape.”
Bas Smets, Founder - Bureau Bas Smets
This SUGi Pocket Forest supports biodiversity in a highly urbanized area and creates a corridor where wildlife can thrive. The density of the forest helps to reduce air pollution and allows local residents to breathe cleaner air. It also provides a sheltered, shady space to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, offering some respite from busy city life.