The inner city of Hasselt shows a sequence of interesting squares, places and gardens. The new city hall with adjacent Limburg square therefore is an important development as a valuable link within a coherent network of public functions. The direct connection of the Limburg square to Inno and Gallery Albert strengthens the veined urban tissue of Hasselt. In addition, the reconstruction of the Grand Place improves the accessibility of the routes between the squares and the public functions. The hotel and catering industry gets a new impulse here to bring more life to the centre.
Between these two new developments Gallery De Ware Vrienden forms an important connection. In the inner city of Hasselt, after all, she provides an important pass-through between the Sint-Jozefstraat and the Grand Place. The last couple of years, however, the gallery is confronted with problems of vacancy despite the high volume of footfall that can be observed. By defining the project area Gallery De Ware Vrienden the accessibility of the city centre of Hasselt is maximised. The underground car park is maintained, just like the two head buildings at the Grand Place and Sint-Jozefstraat. These head buildings, the historic property at the Grand Place and apartments at Sint-Jozefstraat will be renovated and receive an update to the current standard. Furthermore the area in-between will give way for an outdoor area that forms a new street, as it were. A street that is returned to the city with an open and green character that functions as a link between the Grand Place, Sint-Jozefstraat and Guffenslaan.
Alongside a commercial plinth, which extends over 2 levels, the area can be explored. The upper floors are in function of contemporary living in the city and focus on the diversity of target groups. Living above a commercial property increases the safety in the city and offers a solution to the known problems of vacancy. In addition, the properties in the Koning Albertstraat benefit from the new developments as well and are given a face on two sides. By linking different functions to these places and their outskirts, their diverse use is advanced. With these developments a new trendy junction is created in the inner city of Hasselt as a meeting place for the inhabitant of the city.